The Ambassador in China (Gauss) to the Secretary of State
[Received 12:02 p.m.]
241. Reference my No. 240, June 15, 3 p.m.39 Military Attaché in report to War Department has asserted that bombing was either criminal carelessness or deliberate attempt to bomb Embassy and gunboat. Naval Attaché concurs in this veiew. Planes were Japanese Navy planes.
Sent to Department. Repeated to Peiping, Hankow, and Shanghai for Tokyo which offices, however, are requested not to use this information unless so instructed by the Department.
- Not printed; it reported Japanese bombing near Embassy and gunboat Tutuila, For Ambassador Grew’s representations, see his telegram No. 830, June 16, 9 p.m., Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, vol. i, p. 715.↩