The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Grew)

No. 1351

Sir: Reference is made to the Embassy’s despatch no. 2133 of November 13, 193628 in which it was stated that an official of the Japanese Foreign Office had called at the Embassy to make inquiries regarding the identity of an airplane which flew over the Island of Rota on October 26, 1936.

The Department is now in receipt of a letter, a copy of which is enclosed,27 from Pan American Airways Company of New York, in which it is stated that on or about October 25, 1936, an aircraft of the Pan American Airways System, under the command of Captain Musick, was proceeding from Midway to Guam and may have flown over the Island of Rota, although it is Captain Musick’s belief that [Page 814]he flew to the north of the island. It will be noted that the Pan American Airways Company has again brought to the attention of its personnel its instructions to avoid unauthorized flight over foreign territory or territorial waters.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
R. Walton Moore