Alderman Harry Stanley, Lord Mayor-elect of Coventry, returned to Britain, May 24, after a ten-day visit to Moscow and Stalingrad - the Russian city which, like his own, suffered greatly during World War II.
QUESTION: Mr Stanley, during your visit to Stalingrad, did you see much of the attitude of the Russian people to the breakdown of the Summit conference?
ANSWER: Yes, we did. We talked to lots of Russian people, and my own opinion is that they anticipated that something would happen at the Summit conference - that there would not be a continuation - it would break off very quickly.
Q.: Have you seen any of the so-called "spy equipment" that the pilot was supposed to be carrying?
A.: Well, they already had the plane on exhibition, that was brought down, and I don't think they felt very bitter about it. I think they were disappointed - a feeling of disappointment rather than bitterness.
Q.: How much of the plane did you see?
A.: Well, practically the whole of it. It is all arranged in a hall for the public - large numbers - large numbers of them indeed. We ourselves had difficulty to get in although we had special privileges.
Q.: Did you see any of this so-called "spy equipment" which the pilot was supposed to have carried?
A.: Yes, we saw some of the equipment. We saw the actual film that had been developed of various parts - they were on display.
Q.: How does the reconstruction of Coventry compare with the reconstruction of Stalingrad?
A.: Well, they have gone ahead rather fast - rather quickly. But I would not say that it was as good as ours. They have got some good points in it, I'm sure, and we have told them so.
Q.: What do you think they lack that you have got, then?
A.: Well, they lack the craftsmen, most important of all, I should imagine, and they lack the technical experts.
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Background: Alderman Harry Stanley, Lord Mayor-elect of Coventry, returned to Britain, May 24, after a ten-day visit to Moscow and Stalingrad - the Russian city which, like his own, suffered greatly during World War II.
In an interview at London Airport, Mr Stanley was asked about what he had seen of the Russian people's reaction to the recent Soviet-American air incident, and of the rebuilding of Stalingrad.