Disaffection (Incidents

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Sir Fitzroy Maclean Sir Fitzroy Maclean , Lancaster 12:00 am, 27th November 1946

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will give particulars of all strikes and mutinies which have taken place in the R.A.F. since VJ-Day; and the action taken in respect to them.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Nottingham Central

With permission, I will circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Sir Fitzroy Maclean Sir Fitzroy Maclean , Lancaster

Without going into detail, can the hon. Gentleman give the number of R.A.F. stations in which incidents have taken place?

Following is the statement:

There were incidents at Jodhpur in India in October, 1945, on which a full report was given in answer to a Question by the hon. and gallant Member on 21st November, 1945. In January, 1946, there was disaffection at 22 stations, as follows:

Middle East.
Lydda24.1.46–26.1.46
Almaza24.1.46–26.1.46
Qastina25.1.46–28.1.46
Cairo West25.1.46–26.1.46
Aqir25.1.46–26.1.46
India.
Drigh Road19.1.46
Mauripur22.1.46–25.1.46
Poona23.1.46–24.1.46
Palam25.1 46–26.1.46
Cawnpore26.1.46–30.1.46
Pamrauli (Allahabad)26.1.46–28.1.46
Dum Dum25.1.46–28.1.46
Lahore28.1.46
Yelahanka26.1.46
Karachi26.1.46
Kanchrapara28.1.46
Vizagapatam25.1.46–26.1.46
South East Asia.
Ceylon.
Negombo23.1.46
Colombo23.1.46
Burma
Mingaladon29.1.46–30.1.46
Singapore Is.
Seletar26.1.46–28.1.46
Kallang27.1.46–28.1.46

As a result, four men were brought to trial on charges under Section 7 or Section 40 of the Air Force Act. In one case the proceedings were not confirmed; in two cases airmen were sentenced to 84 days and 90 days detention respectively; in the fourth case the airman is serving a sentence of five years' penal servitude. Twelve other airmen were arrested as a result of the incidents but were not brought to trial.