April 5, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Minister of National Defence for Air)

Liberal

Mr. GIBSON:

Tours to-day are much lighter than they wrere in the early part of last year, in that at that time an aircraft leaving England had to fly a considerable distance over enemy territory or enemy occupied territory before reaching its target. To-day many aircraft can fly over allied territory, and be over occupied territory for only

a very short time before returning to base. So that the risk involved in a tour is now considerably less than it was formerly. One other point comes up, and that is that pilots gain knowledge through experience. It is considered that as a man approaches the end of his operational tour he is more valuable to his squadron than a new man would be. The result is that we would not want to cut down tours to a point where our bombing squadrons would consist almost entirely of inexperienced men. Where a second tour is required it is always considerably shorter than the first one.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE FOR AIR
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