§ 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.1079W