711.00111 Lic. Carp Export and Import Corp./61/1

Memorandum by the Chief of the Office of Arms and Munitions Control (Green)

Mr. S. J. Wolf and Commander Rhodes of the Carp Export and Import Corporation called at my office this afternoon. After presenting an application for a license to export two Vultee planes to the U. S. S. R., Mr. Wolf referred to the difficulties he was encountering in attempting to carry out the exportation to the U. S. S. R. of unassembled naval vessels. He said that he had shown the Department’s letter of January 13, 1937, to several ship building companies, but that, notwithstanding the statements contained in the final paragraph of that letter, the companies had shown great reluctance to deal with him until they had some more definite and direct statement that the Government would not disapprove of the proposed transaction.

I suggested to Mr. Wolf that the best procedure would probably be for the companies to write directly to the Secretary of State, setting forth what they proposed to do, and asking whether the Secretary had any comments to make.

Joseph C. Green