882.796/34: Telegram

The Chargé in Liberia (Hibbard) to the Secretary of State

20. My telegram No. 13, January 29, 2 p.m. The commanding officer at Roberts Field has received instructions from headquarters at Accra to build at once at Fisherman’s Lake 16 prefabricated barracks to house approximately 100 men of the Royal Air Force. The British wish to base three planes, presumably Catalinas, there now, this number to be increased later. For my information a clarification of our present policy with regard to these British installations would be very useful. As pointed out before the Liberians look with great disfavor on the establishment of these British units here and it is difficult to explain why since we have undertaken the defense of this country in accordance with our agreement it is necessary to have them.