HC Deb 02 December 1942 vol 385 cc1134-5
15. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can give any information in connection with the aeroplane which fell in Elm Street sports ground, Walthamstow; how many people were injured and the damage to property; whether he is aware that many people living in that street want to show gratitude to the pilot; and whether he will tell them his name?

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair)

This unfortunate accident occurred on 22nd November when a Spitfire aircraft crashed at Walthamstow, the pilot, 2nd Lieutenant H. D. Johnson, of the United States Army Air Corps, being killed. The circumstances are being investigated. There were no other casualties and no damage to property occurred. The answer to the third part of the Question is in the affirmative. The pilot, according to all accounts, chose to stay in his aircraft rather than abandon it by parachute and leave it to crash in a populated area with danger to the lives of the inhabitants and I am sure that the House will wish to join with me in paying tribute to his gallantry.

Mr. Thorne

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a number of people in the particular street, if they could find out the name of the pilot, would like to do something in his memory?

Sir A. Sinclair

I have just given the name.

Mr. Sorensen

Is it not true that they have already arranged a fund?