Oral Answers to Questions — Dive Bombers.

– in the House of Commons on 8th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production how many dive bombers were ordered from America in 1940, and when; and were they merely a sample lot for testing and trying-out purposes, or were they to be looked upon as a fighting unit?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

Dive bombers were ordered from America at various dates in 1940 beginning with July of that year. It would not be in the public interest to disclose the number ordered, but I can assure my hon. Friend that these aircraft were ordered in sufficient quantities for operational use.