346B.115 Standard Oil Co./23: Telegram

The Chargé in Italy (Reed) to the Secretary of State

1082. Department’s telegram No. 512, October 26, 4 p.m. Prunas51 called me to the Foreign Office this morning and in response to my oral protest regarding the bombing of American property near Al Khobar [Page 726] stated that the bombing was due to a mistake on the part of the Italian pilot who thought he was over territory under British control; that appropriate expression of regret had been conveyed by the Italian Government to the Government of Saudi Arabia and that the latter Government considered the matter a closed incident. Prunas added that his Government was glad that no more serious damage had been sustained by the American-owned property in question.

  1. N. R. Prunas, Director General of Transoceanic Affairs.