832.796/658 Suppl.: Telegram

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

1347. Dept’s 1336 of December 11, 10 p.m. By the time this telegram reaches you it is expected that Lati will have been taken care of and that there will be no objection to proceeding with Condor.

As you are aware, the Defense Supplies Corporation has now delivered five Lockheed Lodestars to Pan American in Rio. The sixth and seventh will arrive within 10 days, possibly sooner. It is understood that Panair do Brasil79 with these airplanes can substantially, if not entirely, duplicate Condor’s services in Brazil. Since Condor has some gasoline remaining and since it will undoubtedly contrive to remain in operation on a reduced schedule at least, after its stocks are supposedly exhausted, you are requested to notify Standard of Brazil and other possible United States suppliers to cease at once all deliveries to Condor, unless you perceive compelling reasons to the contrary. On receiving word from you, the Department will confirm to the New York office of Standard Oil your instructions to the Standard of Brazil to cease deliveries to Condor.

The War and Navy Departments attach the utmost importance to the immediate elimination of Condor as well as Lati.

  1. Subsidiary Company of Pan American Airways.