793.94/9367: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai (Gauss) to the Secretary of State

477. At midnight on 13th Shanghai Office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated it was instructed to notify all foreign diplomatic and consular representatives to instruct their respective nationals to remove from the Hongkew and Yangtzepoo areas to other places as quickly as possible. Warning is being given Americans concerned.

2. Chinese air craft are bombing at Shanghai. I am confidentially informed that American aviators have threatened to join Chinese air forces. It is intimated that Colonel Chennault,2 retired officer United States Army Air Corps, now believed to be at Nanking, is implicated.

Sent to the Department, Nanking and Peiping.

  1. Claire L. Chennault.