823.00 Revolutions/124: Telegram
The Ambassador in Peru (Dearing) to the Secretary of State
[Received 11:18 p.m.]
79. My 72, and 77.7 Pilots Johnson, Shippee and Hay returned to Fawcett Field, Lima, this afternoon and are now at Embassy. In view resignation Sanchez Cerro government they are not apt to be further molested. They report that when required to fly from Las Palmas Field to Pisco, O’Connor and military aviation had already gone over to the rebels, a fact which neither Foreign Minister nor I knew at the time. They say however that their release was due to the Government’s order to O’Connor (given after my protest to Foreign Minister) saying that our Government would enter the situation in case men and planes were not returned and left alone.