711.00111 Unlawful Shipments/239: Telegram

The Counselor of Embassy in Spain (Thurston) to the Secretary of State

1006. Your telegram No. 456 July 2, 1 p.m. You will appreciate that it is difficult under present circumstances to obtain information regarding military equipment and that persons supplying it might expose themselves to extreme penalties.

The informant cited in the Embassy’s 996 July 1, 10 a.m. is a Spanish aviator on active service. He states there are about 30 Northrop planes now here. He says they are not of Russian make but that they [apparent omission] from the United States and were assembled here—as were the Grummans as well. He also has mentioned the presence of several Vultee planes.