National Geographic : 1942 Aug
British Combine Beneath an Umbrella of Kite Balloons, a Coastal Convoy Passes from One British Port toAnother Although these little sisters of the big barrage balloon are not so well known, they are credited with downing atleast six enemy aircraft and saving 200 ships in coastwise traffic around Great Britain. Royal Air Force squads service the balloons at depots, and naval drifters takethem toany vessel on request. A"kite" barrage makes dive bombing and mast-high attacks hazardous. Lifeboats are outswung on all the merchantmen and are ready for instant lowering.