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942 Sqn, 17 Balloon Centre, Balloon Command

Some relief for the Waterborne did come in January 1940 with the erection of two wooden huts on the North Wall at Grimsby Fish Dock and another two at Island Wharf in Hull. These provided limited shore accommodation for resting crews and the storing of their personal equipment.

The Flight at Grimsby was operating Balloons on 10 Drifters in the Humber Estuary, 6 at the Boom and a further 3 off Immingham Dock. In addition on land it was responsible for the preparation of Balloons for use on certain minesweeping operations and Merchant Ships in Convoys but eventually that work took place on board HMS Killingholme anchored on its station in the Estuary. This vessel had a flat bottom that possibly gave both the RN Crew and the RAF Airmen afloat a rough time and longed for a spell ashore; this did come when it returned to Grimsby Docks every two weeks for fuel, stores and balloon equipment including Hydrogen.

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