865.7962/8–345: Telegram

The Secretary of State to Mr. Alexander C. Kirk, Political Adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean Theater, at Caserta

736. Reurtel 3169 August 3. War Dept has advised Dept that expenditure of War Dept funds or resources for construction airport impossible to justify on grounds of military necessity. Matter being referred to Air Coordinating Committee with a view to obtaining approval for project. Please inform Dept whether there exists in Rome area airfield separate from military control which is practicable now for international civil use with four-engine equipment.