The Secretary of State to the Consul at Brazzaville (Taylor)
111. Department’s 85, August 3, 9 p.m.30 War Department has been informed by a member of General Bolte’s staff in London that General Valin, de Gaulle’s Air Chief, has said he fears disagreeable incidents will occur if American aircraft or personnel arrive at Pointe Noire before agreement is reached on Fighting French request for eight liaison aircraft. This may merely be an effort to exert pressure on War Department. Please telegraph immediately whether you consider that such a statement is to be taken seriously.