Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 108
jumping out in their parachutes. The plane then flew straight at another balloon firing as he came. The observers in this balloon also jumped out in their parachutes. The second plane followed in the wake of the first and gradually the big bag of silk became envelloped in flames. The men in a third balloon also hopped out but theirs was safely pulled down to earth. The two daring raiders made off in different directions for their lives, flying very low and absolutely untouched by our fire. A few days ago we saw one of fritz's balloons brought down in a cloud of smoke.
Tues. 16th July
Yesterday after a german plane came over our secteur flying very low and amid a terrific hail of lead brought down a