810.24/6–1645

The Director of the Office of Transport and Communications Policy ( Taft ) to Brigadier General G. C. Jamison, Munitions Assignments Committee ( Air )

My Dear General Jamison: This Department19 is considering the question of whether Lend-Lease transfers of aircraft and other equipment to the other American Republics should be continued on the present basis and also whether further transfers will contribute to the defense of the United States within the meaning of the Lend-Lease Act.20

The Department therefore requests that no further assignments, under Lend-Lease, of aircraft be made to the other American Republics, [Page 243] with the exception of Brazil and Mexico, until a definitive decision as to Lend-Lease policy with regard to those Republics has been made.

Sincerely yours,

Charles P. Taft
  1. Department of State.
  2. “Act to Promote the Defense of the United States” approved March 11, 1941; 55 Stat. 31.