852.24/325: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in France (Wilson)

118. Your No. 314, March 5, 6 p.m. No license for export of Wright Cyclone engines to Mexico was issued between July 1, 1936, and March 5, 1937. On latter date, license was issued for export of six such engines for use on Curtiss Condor airplanes previously exported to Mexican air line, and Mexican Government guarantee was given that these engines would not be reexported. There is no evidence that aircraft engines have been exported illegally to Mexico since the outbreak of Spanish Civil War.

Moreover, the Department believes that no arms, ammunition, or implements of war of American origin have been exported from Mexico to Spain since January 1.

Please report by telegraph if you have any information tending to confirm the statement in your telegram under reference.39

  1. In his telegram No. 332, March 10, 11 a.m., the Chargé in France reported that the Assistant Naval Attaché received the information from an official whose information had always been reliable, and that “if it is possible to obtain specific confirmation of this statement we will report later.” (852.24/328)