865.3311/54

The Secretary of State to the Italian Ambassador ( Martino )

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: I have learned with the greatest regret of the unfortunate accident which has resulted in the destruction of Commander de Pinedo’s seaplane at Roosevelt Dam, Arizona.

As you are aware, the War Department has offered to place either one or two airplanes, with suitable personnel, at the disposition of Commander de Pinedo in order to enable him to complete his flight over the United States in accordance with the schedule originally planned. However, I understand that Commander de Pinedo prefers to await the arrival of a new seaplane from Italy.

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This Government has viewed with admiration the remarkable achievement of Commander de Pinedo and will be glad to do all in its power to enable him to resume his flight at the earliest possible moment. Accordingly, if you will be so good as to let me know when and where the new seaplane is expected to arrive in the United States and where Commander de Pinedo desires to have it assembled, I shall take pleasure in requesting the appropriate authorities to render him all possible assistance.

I am [etc.]

Frank B. Kellogg