HC Deb 21 November 1945 vol 416 c421
17. Mr. Lipson

asked the Undersecretary of State for Air how many of the 38,000 airmen missing, presumed killed, were engaged in operations in the Far East at the time when they were reported missing.

Mr. Strachey

Approximately 2,500 members of the Air Force are missing as a result of operations in the Far East.

Mr. Lipson

Can the Under-Secretary say how long machinery for tracing these men has been functioning, and whether any of them have been found alive?

Mr. Strachey

The machinery for tracing them is only now getting into its stride—the special search party machinery. I should want notice of the second part of the question.

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