|Place||Europe: Belgium, Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Ypres|
|Object type||Aircraft component|
|Physical description||Rope, Wicker, Wood|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
|Date made||c 1915-1917|
First World War, 1914-1918
Basket from a British observation balloon
Damaged wicker and wood observation balloon basket.
Crushed on hitting the ground, the basket is from a British balloon shot down on fire by a German aircraft near Ypres, Belgium, in January 1918. The balloon, tethered to the ground, had been spotting for Australian artillery. These "captive" balloons were important for providing a stable platform for an observer who was connected to the ground by telephone.