HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 c1066W
Sir T. Moore

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been called to the loss of three eight-ton bombers at the Evanton armament training camp owing to insufficient hangars; and why it was necessary to expose these bombers in bad weather by sending them to an aerodrome where there is no accommodation?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

At armament training camps such as Evanton the provision of hangar accommodation is limited in order that squadrons sent to the camps for exercise in the practical use of their armament, may at the same time, gain experience of operating and maintaining their aircraft in the open in conditions similar to those likely to be encountered in war. In the case referred to, the gales, of which due warning had been received, proved so exceptionally severe that despite all possible precautions two aircraft were damaged beyond repair and six others badly damaged.