HC Deb 17 December 1945 vol 417 cc1078-9W
Mr. Ward

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the number of ground personnel now allotted to each aircraft for daily maintenance when bomber-type aircraft are used for trooping; and how this figure compares with the number similarly employed when the aircraft were used for bombing operations, apart from those men specifically employed in arming the aircraft.

Mr. Strachey

Taking the Lancaster as an example, the figures were usually between nine and ten for bombing; they are now between seven and eight for trooping. Of course, the bombing establishment had to cater for requirements that were altogether more sudden and widely fluctuating.