- RAF Balloon Command
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= Balloon Command
caption= Barrage balloons over London
start_date= 1 November 1938
Royal Air Force
motto= "Vi Et Ictu" (Latin: By Force and Impact) [Leslie Gilbert Pine: "A Dictionary of Mottoes", 1983, Routledge, ISBN 0-710-09339-X] .
World War II
Balloon Command was the
Royal Air Forcecommand which was responsible for controlling all the United Kingdom-based barrage balloonunits during World War II.
Balloon Command was formed on 1 November 1938 at
RAF Stanmore Parkin Middlesex. It consisted of a headquartersand several groups. By July 1942, the command had the following organization:
*Headquarters at Old Church Lane,
Stanmorein Middlesex. This in turn directly controlled:
*No. 30 Group headquartered at Chessington, near Surbiton, Surrey
*No. 32 Group headquartered at Claverton Manor, Claverton, near Bath, Somerset
*No. 33 Group headquartered at Parkhead House, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, Yorkshire
*No. 34 Group headquartered at Tor House, Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh
Balloon Command was disbanded in February 1945.
* [http://www.rafweb.org/Cmd_H3.htm Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - RAF Home Commands formed between 1936 - 1938]
* [http://www.bbrclub.org/development_of_balloon_command.htm Balloon Barrage Reunion Club Website - Development of Balloon Command]
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