HC Deb 17 October 1916 vol 86 cc365-6
28. Colonel GRIFFITHS

asked the Secretary of State for War whether certain of our airmen have been captured with Tracer bullets used for range finding with machine guns in their possession and in consequence are awaiting court martial and are in imminent danger of being sentenced to death; whether Tracer bullets have been found on Zeppelin raiders captured in this country; and, if so, whether he will see that the same penalties are imposed upon them as are imposed upon our airmen by the enemy?


It is probable that some officers or men of the Royal Flying Corps who have been captured have had Tracer bullets used for range finding in their aeroplanes. Cartridges with explosive bullets were found in one of the German airships which were brought down in this country. As my hon. Friend has already stated in reply to the hon. Member for Bethnal Green, the Army Council have no official information as to any court martials of prisoners of the Royal Flying Corps.