20 August 1915 – Beatty wants balloons

Following the successful trials of transferring inflated balloons form one ship to another, Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty has jumped on the bandwagon, expressing his belief in the value that they could offer to the Grand Fleet. He wrote to Sir John Jellicoe that:

“They could often be sent up in weather where it would not be possible to launch a seaplane ; probably in weather that would be prohibitive for Zeppelins.”

He was informed that a new balloon ship, the City of Oxford, would be put at his disposal for trials as soon as her refitting was completed.

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