31st July 1917

5th and 2nd Army attacks launched at 3.50 am. Got up at 3am and watched barrage.

 

One balloon per Coy went up at zero hour, but the clouds were at 400ft and there was no view.

 

Col went up in No 2’s balloon. Genls Hamilton-Gordon, Humphries, Morland, Schofield and Scott came up here and watched barrage.

 

Strandling had breakfast here. Visited 5th Coy and lunched there. Went to Nos 2, 25 and 38. Inspected No 38’s New Camp and balloon bed.

 

Hazebruck shelled.

 

No view all day. Rain commenced at 4pm and kept on all night.

 

All objectives gained in 5th and 2nd Armies.

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1st August 1917

Very wet day. Rained all night.

Balloon BM 156 allotted to this Wing to test and take into use. Collected it from 1AD.

No ballooning.