821.248/1–1846: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Colombia ( Wiley )

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48. General Walsh, who returned to Washington today, reports General Arnold arranged with Colombian officials and with your concurrence to send three C–47’s to Bogotá immediately accompanied by maintenance crews and instructors who would train Colombians in flying and maintaining these planes. Ambassador Santamaria confirms General Arnold promised Minister of War to send these planes immediately, but uninformed other details.

Dept informing War Dept planes may proceed without delay. War Dept informs nine officers, six enlisted men will come with planes.

Please cable full report all understandings reached during General Arnold’s visit.

Acheson