832.796/346: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil ( Caffery )

292. Your 406 and 411, both of May 5, and the Department’s 277 of May 7.60 It is hoped that at least as a preliminary precaution it will be possible to keep the Air France stocks of aviation gasoline out of the hands of Lufthansa61 and similar organizations.

This Government feels that it would be most prejudicial to the defense of the United States for Lufthansa to resume trans-Atlantic operations.

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  2. The Deutsche Lufthansa was the outstanding company in pre-war German commercial aviation.