Good report, carrick58. Just why balloon busting missions in WOFF usually assign 5+ aircraft. That seems at least little bit unreal, because balloon busting missions were usually single aircraft missions, early on dawn.
I'm not sure I agree. Mannock, for example, planned balloon attacks with a flight at low level to get the balloon and one at high level to attract Archie. Sholto Douglas, in his excellent account Years of Combat, speaks of multi-aircraft balloon-busting shows.