Oral Answers to Questions — Coral Sea Battle (Aircraft-Carriers).

– in the House of Commons on 20th May 1942.

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Photo of Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter , Hertford

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is in a position to give an authentic account of the United States victory in the battle of Coral Sea; and whether the aeroplanes from aircraft-carriers played a leading part in gaining this victory?

Mr. Alexander:

I am unable to add to the accounts of this action already published in the Press, from which it is reasonable to deduce that aeroplanes and aircraft-carriers were in operation.

Photo of Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter , Hertford

Has not the First Lord of the Admiralty got accurate details from the United States authorities about this battle? It is very important that we should know something about it.

Mr. Alexander:

We are anxious to get all the information we can. Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend has seen the communiqué issued by the Navy Department on 9th May, in which they said that they did not wish to publish anything further for the time being, for reasons which they gave, but that they would publish more later.