740.00114A European War 1939/102: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé at Tangier (Childs)

215. Your 584, November 10, 10 p.m. War Department requests that you ask Spanish authorities urgently to place strict guard around grounded American planes. Instructions are being sent direct to the Military Attaché with regard to the instruments which the planes carried.

The Department would appreciate your views as soon as possible as to how far you feel you could go in endeavoring to obtain the release of the crews without raising difficulties or complications with Spanish officials.