The heroics of a World War One air balloon observer are revealed.

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Pictured:  Squadron Leader Cecil Palmer. <br />
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The heroics of a World War One air balloon observer who withstood four hours of German shelling and nine direct hits can be revealed after his medals sold for £4,400.<br />
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Squadron Leader Cecil Palmer was watching the enemy from 1,500ft when a long-range German gun bombarded his hydrogen gas air balloon.<br />
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Miraculously, despite being 'holed' many times, it remained airborne so he carried on relaying instructions to the ground forces through telephone wires from his tiny 5ft by 3ft observation basket.