The Assistant Chief of Staff (Handy) to the Assistant Secretary of State (Berle)

Dear Mr. Secretary: On July 3, 1942, information was received by telephone from Mr. Hickerson of the Department of State that the Free French Government had informally given authority to the United States to establish necessary U. S. Army installations in Pointe Noire. Accordingly the War Department is proceeding with its plan relative to the improvement of the airdrome at Pointe Noire and the operation of an air ferry route through that airport.

I note in your letter of July 2120 that the State Department has taken steps to formalize the above-mentioned arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

Thos. T. Handy

Major General
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