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  • Coverage is exactly "Royal Air Force. Balloon Command"

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Album page, seven photographs of groups of WAAFs, two with a barrage balloon in the background.

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On the front under Season's Greetings coloured artwork showing a group of three women and a man hauling on rope while a woman wearing overalls and hat stands in charge. In the background a barrage balloon just of the ground below which another group…

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Acknowledges previous cable. Mentions returning from visit to Manchester on lovely autumn day.

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A group of seven members of Women’s Auxiliary Air Force holding a folded barrage balloon with another one holding the balloon bag which has handles and a printed D on the side. There are vehicles behind and a hedgerow with a utility pole and…

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A group of eight members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in shirtsleeves sitting and lying around the edge of a deflated barrage balloon. A second deflated balloon is alongside held down by balloon anchors. They are in a field with a wire and post…

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A group of nine members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in shirtsleeves and berets folding a barrage balloon on the ground. Two members sit to one side on a balloon anchor. There are two Fordson Sussex balloon winch tenders, two further vehicles…

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A group of nine members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force standing along the edge of a deflated barrage balloon. They are in shirtsleeves and wearing berets. There is a wire and post fence with a pile of sandbags alongside with woodland beyond.

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Eight members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in shirt sleeves and berets folding a barrage balloon. Two others sitting with a balloon anchor with two Fordson Sussex balloon winch tenders and two other vehicles behind. Hedgerow with utility pole…

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A group of eight members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in shirtsleeves and berets folding a barrage balloon. One Fordson Sussex balloon winch tender and two further vehicles. Hedgerow with utility pole with woodland beyond.

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Two member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force attending to the ropes and cables of an inflated barrage balloon. The ropes are held in place by anchors. The anchors nearest the balloon itself are sack covered whilst those further away are bare blocks.…

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A colleague of Joyce Exton Wallace wearing the wings of an aircraft woman on her shoulder and a Women’s Auxiliary Air Force cap and badge.

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A member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force wearing a beret and in short sleeves bending to tie the ropes of a barrage balloon onto a sack covered anchor. There is bag hanging from the rope and more tied ropes are hanging from the balloon to one…

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A colleague of Joyce Exton Wallace wearing the insignia of a leading aircraftwoman. On the reverse 'L, My dearest Pal, Lots of love from Ray'.

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A colleague of Joyce Exton Wallace wearing the insignia of an auxiliary aircraftwoman.

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A summary of Liz Humphrey's service history from January 1942 to 1946. Her service activity included serving in 970 Balloon Squadron, 30 Operational Training Unit at RAF Hixon, 12 Squadron at Wickenby, 1657 Conversion Unit at RAF Stradishall and 1654…

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Letter from Wing Commander H W Hall of 930 Squadron [sic] to the commanding officer of 'A' Flight. The letter thanks the special Women's Auxiliary Air Force crew for their patience and skill during filming.

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A head and shoulders portrait. She has a shoulder flash and corporal stripes on her uniform and is wearing a crenelated tie pin. On the reverse 'Me aged 18yrs 1940' and the reference B26 941.

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Margaret was almost twelve years old at the outbreak of World War Two and living in Romford, Essex. She remembers the announcement made by Neville Chamberlain on the radio on September 3rd 1939. Margaret recounts being issued with a gas mask and how…

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Lillian Margaret Bailey volunteered for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and after a brief time in RAF Balloon Command was trained as a driver. She served at RAF Elsham Wolds driving aircrews out to their aircraft.

Joyce Clayton was born in Lincoln and served with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force: she was first assigned to barrage balloons, then she became an equipment officer at a number of stations. While based at Sutton on Hull she witnessed the bombing of…

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Joyce Exton Wallace recalls a misunderstanding whist giving orders to inspect the barrage balloon bed wires which was misinterpreted as an order to inspect the wires of the 16 beds in the Nissen hut.

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Joyce Exton Wallace recalls a time when she was with barrage balloons protecting an army barracks in Barry when a dog stole their meat ration. It was subsequently replaced by locals pooling their own meat rations.

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Joyce Exton Wallace recalls a conversation with an elderly man who expressed his disgust at women wearing trousers. He had seen her tying a barrage balloon's wing down whilst up a 14 foot ladder in the playing field of St. Edward's school.

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Joyce Exton Wallace recalls reattaching a loose barrage balloon with the help of the commanding officer.
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