711.00111 Lic. Bellanca/68 Aircraft Corp./2: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Greece (MacVeagh)

47. The Bellanca Aircraft Corporation has applied for a license to authorize the exportation to Greece of 20 Bellanca model 28–90 low [Page 346] wing monoplanes valued at $1,047,200. The application states that the planes are purchased by Technical and Aeronautical Exploitations Company, 3e Philellinon Street, Athens, for the use of the Civil Reservists School in Greece.

In view of the apparent doubt of Bellanca as to the ultimate destination of the planes if they were exported and in view of recent apparent attempts to use Athens as a point of transshipment to Spain for arms of American origin, it has been suggested to Bellanca that he ask Galatti, his agent in Athens, to request the Greek Government to inform you that the planes are actually intended for use in Greece and that they will not be transshipped to some other country.

Please telegraph the substance of any communication you may receive from the Greek Government in regard to these planes. If no communication is received from the Government, please telegraph any information which you may be able discreetly to obtain in regard to the proposed transaction.