RAF Cardington Camp

Balloon Development Establishment

The image below was kindly sent in by Simon Clegg who originally bought it in Barras Market in Glasgow. It is a fabulous historical record as it also lists the names of the individuals shown. Although it is not dated it is known that Wing Commander Bellhouse was in Cardington in 1942 - perhaps someone will come forward with more information about these men and their specifc role in the war.

BRE Establishment

The names of the men shown are listed below - again if you recognise anyone please get in touch.

Back row: LACs H Collins, G Donovan, R Abbott, L Wilkinson, W Elsdon, L Norton, J Hannant, V Coles

3rd back row standing: LAC’s T Areless, W Wilson, G Dow, W Wilson, G Eade, L Harris, R Keats, G Chandler, L White, P Hill.

2nd back row standing: LAC’s O Jones, C Welton, F Bauwens, R Edney, E Allard, J Downes, H Berry, E Haywood, J Tallentire, A Whellams, F Carter.

1st row standing: LAC G Darbyshire Cpls J England, L Cooper, J Swain, R Edwards, E Fearnsides, R Way, A Alexander, J Crowley, H Murray, L Lilly.

Front row seated: Sgt R Pitchfork, F/Sgt A Winfield, P/O G Williams, F /Lt F Dixon, F/Lt L Chappell, W/Cdr M Bellhouse, W/Cdr R Risk, S/L C Green, F/Lt J Evason, F/Lt Whitmore, W/O C Broughton, Sgt E Keen.

Many thanks Simon for this very interesting photograph.

5. Balloon Development establishment 1938 cropped

This 1938 listing shows the officers serving at the Balloon Development Establishment.

If you know anyone who served in this unit please get in touch.

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