Carrington had served in the Great War with Harris' Senior Air Staff Officer, Robert Saundby
, and was well connected in academe and publishing circles between the wars.
Air Marshal Sir Robert Saundby
, Harris's deputy commander, spoke for most when he wrote: "I can say that in view of the met report and other conditions, everyone, including myself, expected the C-in-C to cancel the raid.
As early as 1897, Dr Robert Saundby
warned, 'Diabetes is undoubtedly rare among people who lead a laborious life in the open air, while it prevails chiefly with those who spend most of their time in sedentary indoor occupations.