The Ambassador in Spain (Hayes) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 16.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegram No. 386 of May 28, 10 p.m., instructing the Embassy to inquire concerning the cause of damage to the German submarine which entered Cartagena on May 2, 1942, the nature of the repairs to be effected, and the length of time determined by the Spanish Government to be necessary for such repairs.
There is enclosed a copy and translation of a Note Verbale dated May 29, 1942,76 in which the Spanish Government says that as the result of a detailed expert examination a period of three months beginning May 3 has been fixed within which repairs to the submarine must be made. I am enclosing also the text of my Note Verbale dated today76 inquiring of the Spanish Government the cause of the damage to the submarine and the nature of the repairs to be effected.
Inquiry is being made at the same time concerning any Spanish legislation prescribing treatment of belligerent submarines taking refuge in Spanish ports.