HC Deb 03 December 1941 vol 376 cc1108-9
7. Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Air, on how many nights in the month of November, 1941, aircraft of Bomber Command were able to attack targets in Germany; and on how many nights the targets attacked were ports or harbours on the German coast?

Captain Balfour

Aircraft of Bomber Command attacked Germany on 10 nights during November. On six occasions the targets were in coastal areas and included ports and harbours.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is there any recorded precedent for such bad weather for night-flying as we have had this year?

Captain Balfour

I cannot compare the meteorological statistics of this winter in relation to past winters, but I may say that the weather affects both sides, and, apart from minor attacks on shipping, and mine-laying operations, the enemy made only three attacks of any weight on objectives in this country in November.