HC Deb 06 December 1944 vol 406 cc516-7
27. Major Sir Edward Cadogan

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the air escort accompanying Air-Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory on the occasion when he was reported missing, was dismissed before the journey was completed; and if so, whether he will give orders that in future air escorts accompanying those for whom air escorts are considered appropriate, should be in attendance throughout the journey.

Sir A. Sinclair

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes, Sir." The extent to which air escorts should be provided depends on factors such as the tactical situation and the conditions of weather and light in which the flight has to be carried out. These are operational questions which must be decided by the Commander-in-Chief responsible for the provision of the escort. It is not considered that the loss of this aircraft was due to the absence of an escort.