740.00116 European War 1939/20: Telegram

The Ambassador in Poland (Biddle) to the Secretary of State

254. For the President and Secretary. Shortly before 9 a.m. at Constancin German bomber in power dive dropped six heavy bombs one of which seriously damaged villa adjacent to that of American Ambassador and to a lesser degree damaged that of the Ambassador. An incendiary bomb struck in the grounds of the Ambassador’s villa but failed to explode. Neither the Ambassador nor members of his family all of whom were present in the villa at the time were injured. The fact that these bombs were released at the low point of a power dive from low altitude leads to the belief that bombing of villas was deliberate.