Basket from a British observation balloon

Place Europe: Belgium, Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Ypres
Accession Number RELAWM04807.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Aircraft component
Physical description Rope, Wicker, Wood
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1915-1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Damaged wicker and wood observation balloon basket.

History / Summary

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.