HC Deb 21 October 1942 vol 383 c1947
12. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can give any information in connection with the fall of an auxiliary tank from an aeroplane flying over Ilford, Essex, on nth October; and how many gallons of petrol were wasted?

Sir A. Sinclair

The incident in question and a similar one which occurred shortly afterwards are both believed to be due to a technical fault which is now under investigation. Both tanks were full when they became detached, but it would not be in the public interest to disclose their capacity.