“Low-flying German aircraft encountered balloons, which went ashore flying at a height of 200 feet. The crews in charge of them were a happy company and had seen much service from El Alamein onwards up the long length of North Africa to Tunis and Sicily. Now they were among the first to set foot upon European soil, and with them went Blondie, their hen, which ‘fed on rice, tea leaves and flies, had laid eggs valiantly since the Battle of the Mareth Line’.
”Royal Air Force 1939 – 1945, Volume II “The Fight Avails”, Richards D and Saunders H St. G, H.M.S.O. London, 1954, p335