HC Deb 24 July 1946 vol 426 c1W
4. Sir P. Hannon

asked the Undersecretary of State for Air if continued inquiry is being maintained in Rumania on the fate of Flight-Sergeant Rogers, Navigator, 70 Squadron, C.M.F., reported missing 10th-11th August, 1944: what information has been given to this man's parents about the prospects of further inquiries; and if renewed efforts will be made to trace this airman and others still missing from the same time.

Mr. de Freitas

I am very much afraid that we now have little hope of members of the Royal Air Force being alive who are still untraced after being reported missing from air operations during the war. We are still doing our utmost to find out the fate of these men. The Air Ministry Missing Research and Enquiry Service started this work in October, 1944, and its members are still carrying out investigations country by country. In the Balkans we have so far had to rely on any reports coming through our military or political missions, but as soon as the Mediterranean Section of the Missing Research and Enquiry Service has completed its work in Italy, it will be ready to move into these countries. I sincerely hope that eventually we shall be able to cover every single place where there is a chance of a clue to the fate of a missing airman. We have given Mr. and Mrs. Rogers all the information we have and I am only sorry there is nothing more.