Moscow Embassy Files: Lot F–96

The American Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Standley ) to the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union ( Molotov )

No. L–28

Excellency: I have the honor to inform you that I have been instructed to deliver the following message, dated January 9, 1943, from President Roosevelt to Premier Stalin.42

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“I have arranged that two hundred C–47 transport planes be assigned to you in 1943 beginning in January.

“Your mission here is being advised of the dates of delivery by months.

“I am going to do everything I can to give you another one hundred but you can definitely count on the two hundred planes referred to above.”

Accept [etc.]

For the Ambassador:
Llewellyn E. Thompson, Jr.

Secretary of Embassy
  1. Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, President (Chairman) of the Council of People’s Commissars since May 6, 1941, and People’s Commissar of Defense since July 19, 1941.