barrage balloon


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barrage balloon

[bə′räzh bə′lün]
(ordnance)
A balloon restrained from free flight by means of a cable attaching it to the earth; used to support wires or nets as protection against air attacks.
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Formed in early 1939, seven groups made up the Birmingham and Coventry Barrage Balloon Squadrons of the Auxiliary Air Force.
October 16-October 21, 1940 Tragedy was never far away in wartime and a young Hurricane pilot from Baginton was killed when his plane crashed into a barrage balloon on October 16.
At weekends, the rangers will lead guided walks to areas of interest around the park, such as where the Spitfire crashed, the location of the air raid shelters and barrage balloon, the allotments and much more.
And the barrage balloon message was to celebrate the city's war effort.
Tom Willmore worked as a scientific officer during the Second World War, mainly on barrage balloon defences.
Add a few pints of good cheer, perhaps a sherry or two, maybe an after-dinner brandy and your waistline will have expanded to the proportions of a barrage balloon and you could be tethered on cables at 5,000ft to deter enemy bombers.
We had to crawl through a slit flap into a barrage balloon filled with air to see how it was made.
Still, watching her expand from stick-thin woman to barrage balloon should be entertaining.
It is almost certainly a mooring block for a barrage balloon as Councillor Cook suggests.
There was a modicum of justice, however, when the plane became snared by a barrage balloon in Keresley and the pilot, who thought he was somewhere else entirely, was taken to hospital.
I happily accepted Billie Piper dangling from a barrage balloon over London during an air raid whilst wearing a Union Jack T-shirt like a target.
There'll be live music from the era, veteran vehicles including a World War 2 fire engine, a 15-metre barrage balloon and sand-bagging around the civic buildings.