811.248/1–1345: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Hayes)

88. The War Department desires to obtain the permission of the Spanish Government to make landings in Madrid of planes of the Air Transport Command on regularly scheduled flights from the United States to Paris and Rome. As Mr. George79 is thoroughly familiar with this project he is being sent to Madrid, accompanied by Colonel Payne,80 to assist you. They expect to leave Washington the morning of the 16th by transport plane and to proceed via Casablanca. Depending on connections, they probably will travel to Lisbon by air from Casablanca.

  1. William Perry George, Assistant Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs.
  2. Lt. Col. Robert G. Payne of the Air Transport Command.