HC Deb 06 April 1943 vol 388 c506W
Mr. Purbrick

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether we used any dive-bombers, for which there was sufficiency of air protection, in the first attack on the Mareth Line or in the subsequent retreat?

Sir A. Sinclair

No, Sir. The air support afforded to the Eighth Army in this phase of the battle, as in the later phase referred to by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in his statement to the House on 30th March last, was maintained by fighters, fighter-bombers and twin-engined light bombers.