§ 8. Captain Cunningham-Reid
asked the Secretary of State for Air what inquiries have been made into the possibility that for a long time we bombed dummies in French ports mistaking them for the now escaped German battleships?
§ Captain Cunningham-Reid
Is not the Minister aware that the opinion expressed in the Question has also been the opinion of airmen who have actually been over the targets themselves? Is he further aware that, when I made that suggestion to the, Under-Secretary nearly a year ago in this House, it was dismissed in a decidedly offhand manner?
§ Sir A. Sinclair
I daresay it may have been, but I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that there may be some confusion in the information which he has received from the pilots. We were aware that there were dummy ships there, and no doubt the pilots have told my hon. and gallant Friend that that was so, but we could distinguish between them. From all the information at my disposal I can assure him that no effort was wasted.