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  RNAS Immingham, 8 Balloon Station

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Updated: 18 Jan 05

Opened: <= Oct 1914

Closed: ??

Units base here:

8 Kite Balloon Section :: 1914 -

Immingham was set up before the Great War as a Balloon Station by the RNAS. Tethered kite balloons were trailed from convoy escort ships, taking observers aloft in a wicker basket to around 3000 ft to watch for sea mines, torpedo tracks and submarines.

In addition to the primary ballooning role, some aircraft were based here, such as the 154 DFW Military Arrow Biplane. Limited numbers of airship operations were also conducted from Immingham during the war.

On 1 Apr 1918 the Royal Air Force assumed command and was known as Number 8 Balloon Station until its closure.



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