832.796/253: Telegram

The Chargé in Brazil (Burdett) to the Secretary of State

594. As a result of crash last week the President of the Vasp Airline has requested the Embassy’s assistance in facilitating the purchase [Page 668]and delivery of three Douglas DC–3 airplanes; two for delivery within 45 days. Gates and Hardin were present at the interview. The Embassy gave Vasp no assurances except the promise that the Department would be informed by telegraph. The Vasp is in touch with the local agent of Douglas.