711.94114 Supplies/8–445: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman)

1740. Immediately following clear telegram gives text of proposal submitted to Jap Govt through Swiss Govt regarding shipment by air of relief supplies for Allied nationals in Jap custody.52

Communicate proposal to Soviet FonOff for its information. Add statement that if Jap Govt does not object it is proposed to use American pilots flying from American bases. In your discretion you may add that if Jap Govt refuses to permit American pilots to fly over Jap territory while otherwise approving delivery by air of relief supplies it would be appreciated if Soviet Govt would consent to employment of Soviet pilots for these flights and if necessary the use of Soviet bases although of course US planes and supplies would be used.

  1. Telegram 1741 not printed; it quoted telegram 2457, August 4, to Bern, printed in vol. vi .