121.5445/7: Airgram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

A–420. Department’s airgram A–305, December 22, 1942.66 War Department has now been informally advised by the British Military Attaché in Washington that the War Office, the Foreign Office, and the India Office concur in the opinion that it would seem to be inadvisable to confer diplomatic status, other than personal, upon officers mentioned in airgram A–305 of December 22, 1942 to London, and suggested as an alternative that they be attached to the Personal Representative of the President of the United States at the American Mission, New Delhi, India in the same personal capacity which he enjoys as Chief of Mission.

Upon this advice the War Department wishes to drop the matter and confirms that the Osmun Group, now made up of Colonel Osmun Lieutenant Colonel Graybeal, Lieutenant Colonel Lash, and Major Cutting, will continue in the status of Military Observers. The Mission at New Delhi has been informed. Advise appropriate authorities.

  1. Not printed; but see airgram No. A–379, January 23, to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom, p. 232.