HC Deb 12 February 1947 vol 433 c340
5. Brigadier Mackeson

asked the Secretary of State for Air what aircraft, officers and other ranks of No. 26 Squadron, B.A.F.O., came to England last year and assisted in making a film; how many flying hours were involved in moving the squadron from Germany to England and back to Germany; and how many hours were flown in connection with the making of the film.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Twelve aircraft, nine officers and 60 airmen of No. 26 Squadron flew over to this country from Germany last autumn to take part in an instructional film on Combined Operations. About 90 hours flying were involved in the journeys to and from this country. About 20 hours were flown by the Squadron in the making of the film.

Brigadier Mackeson

Would it not have been possible to convey the parties taking the film to Germany? Would that not have been better?

Mr. Noel-Baker

That would probably have cost more. The hon. and gallant Member must, of course, recognise that the Royal Air Force has to fly for practice anyway.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Will the right hon. Gentleman do everything he can to encourage the Royal Air Force to make films?

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