Up In The Air
The World War I Diaries of Balloonist Cyril Gordon Jones
9th March (cont)
and informed Brigade.
10th March 1917
Foggy still day. No ballooning.
Went to two new balloon positions South of No 9 this morning with Colonel.
Winch HS 1 tested at No 9 Quite satisfactory. No cable register or tension meter.
Instructed Mason to get two machine gun stands made for No 52. Morrison informed me No 25 stands were nearly ready.
Borwick dined here.
11 March 1917
Warm still day. Fair view. Balloons up from 10am.
No 9 balloon was attacked by 3 aeroplanes and burnt. Bolitho and Sewell made successful parachute descents. Sewell hurt his back landing.
No 2 Section was shelled, and 1st AM Hazel was killed. The winch ran down the road and got out of shell fire. The nearest shell was 30 yds from the winch.
I went to Omer and got all technical stores for No 32 Section.
I also got balloon BMS 23 for No 9.