W.A.A.F. (Iraq)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11 April 1945.

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Photo of Mr Denis Pritt Mr Denis Pritt , Hammersmith North 12:00, 11 April 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that W.A.A.F. personnel are being posted to a R.A.F. station in Iraq, particulars of which have been communicated to him; that this place is unfit for women, who are never allowed to live there in peace time, as men can only be kept fit there by sleeping every other night in an air-conditioned hospital; and whether he will see that no women are posted to this station.

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Two W.A A F. officers who volunteered for service in Iraq are at present serving at the station referred to and other W.A.A.F. officers who volunteer may be posted there in future. No members of the W.A.A.F. are, however, posted compulsorily to Iraq, and the proposal to send airwomen volunteers there is not being proceeded with at present. I am advised that the statements in the Question as to the living conditions at this station have no foundation in fact.