HC Deb 16 June 1942 vol 380 c1387W
Dr. Morgan

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has any information as to how many units of the Royal Air Force with their personnel escaped from Singapore; how many on arriving in Java had to be left behind wounded; whether any medical officers attached to the Royal Air Force were left behind in any parts of Java, either wounded or to attend to wounded Royal Air Force; and whether any information has so far been received from the Japanese Government, either through the International Red Cross or otherwise, as to the members of the Royal Air Force in Java, either as wounded or prisoners?

Sir A. Sinclair

It is not possible to say, from the information available, how many complete units succeeded in getting away. It is known that very considerable bodies of R.A.F. personnel who escaped from Singapore and Java are now safe in other countries but that a large party, which included some medical officers, were still in Java at the time of its fall. The answer to the last part of the Question is in the negative.

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