HC Deb 19 January 1944 vol 396 cc157-8
24. Mr. Hannah

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will consider permitting members of the W.A.A.F. to take such training as would enable them to fly ambulance aeroplanes.

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair)

Evacuation of casualties by air involves flying in the vicinity of battle areas, and pilots engaged on this work must be available for general flying duties in the theatre of operations concerned. In these circumstances, I regret that it would not be practicable to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion.

Mr. Hannah

Could not any use be made of women flyers; and has the fame of Amy Johnson reached the ears of the Minister?

Sir A. Sinclair

Certainly, Sir, and I only regret that the fame of Miss Pauline Gower and the splendid women pilots of the A.T.A. has not yet reached the ears of my hon. Friend.