711.00111 Lic. Wolf, Rudolf/51/44: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State

70. Department’s 20, January 16 [15], 6 p.m.35 Planes from President Harding and American Traveler are already landed at Le Havre. The Waalhaven was due to arrive at Havre last night.

All 19 planes have been sold by Hunzedal to an Antwerp firm known as Socdeco and resold by them to E. Godillot of Paris about whom the Embassy has so far been unable to obtain any information.

Ernest Powell36 called on the Naval Attaché on January 8 to request his assistance in securing permission to test these planes for the Hunzedal Company. This request was refused.

It is stated in Havre that these planes will be shipped probably on a Rumanian vessel consigned to Varna, Bulgaria, with the probability, however, that they will be landed somewhere in Spain. However, no instructions have yet been given for the shipment from Havre.

The Embassy will keep the Department informed of any developments.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Ernest Powell and Jack A. Martin, to whom passports had been issued on December 18, 1936, had informed the Department that they were going to France, sailing on the President Harding, to reassemble and test fly planes for Hunzedal.