The American Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs (Matsuoka)

No. 1845

Excellency: I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that during a severe Japanese air raid on Chungking on June 29, 1941, at which time the British Embassy was badly damaged, the concussion from bombs dropped on the south bank of the river caused some damage to the staff residence of the American Embassy.

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I have been instructed by my Government to inform Your Excellency that this renewed endangering of our Embassy at Chungking is regarded as the more reprehensible as it followed so closely on the assurances contained in Your Excellency’s note no. 69 of June 18, 1941.48

It is once more urgently requested that immediate and explicit instructions be issued to the Japanese aerial forces in order to prevent any further damage or jeopardy to the American Embassy at Chungking.

I avail myself [etc.]

Joseph C. Grew
  1. See telegram No. 851, June 19, 1941, from the Ambassador in Japan, p. 717.