HC Deb 22 May 1935 vol 302 cc332-3
18. Mr. MANDER

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he will state the circumstances under which casualties occurred to No. 55 squadron, Royal Air Force, in Iraq; whether the aeroplane was engaged on active service; if so, whether the British Government was consulted and gave its permission; and what was the object of the operations in which British aircraft were engaged in another country?


The information received indicates that the aircraft was fired at by disaffected tribesmen under the impression that it belonged to the Iraqi Air Force. The aircraft was not, of course, participating in operations undertaken by the Iraqi Government, but was carrying out an ordinary reconnaissance flight to obtain information for the Air Officer Commanding.