Oral Answers to Questions — Bombing Raid, Lille

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

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will make a statement about the bombing raid made over Lille on the day of 9th October, including the number of Nazi aeroplanes destroyed?

Photo of Mr Harold Balfour Mr Harold Balfour , Isle of Thanet

On 9th October a large force of United States and British bombers and fighters carried out a most successful combined raid on Lille, in the course of which heavy casualties were inflicted on hostile fighters attempting to ward off the attack. I have nothing to add to the official reports issued by the United States Army Headquarters and the Air Ministry beyond congratulating all who participated in this successful operation.