823.248/1–1146: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Peru (Pawley)


26. In conversation January 8, Assistant Secretary Braden2 agreed with General Arnold3 to approve interim allocation of military aircraft to Peru as follows: 3 PBY’s or OA–10’s, 8 B–25’s, 25 P–47’s, 9 C–47’s, 2 C–45’s, 5 AT–11’s.4 Because certain of these types of planes are now in short supply, it may be necessary to substitute other types for them.

Approval of this interim allocation is subject to your concurrence and subsequently to views of Peruvian Govt should it not wish to receive full number approved by you. Approximately the same number of tactical planes (P–47’s and B–25’s) have been allocated to Colombia, Peru and Chile, with a smaller allocation to Venezuela.

It was further understood that any “implied commitment” on the delivery of planes to other American republics resulting from staff conversations will be discharged when planes in interim allocation are made available. No further allocations of military planes to other American republics will be made until State and War Depts review and agree on basic policies of program of military collaboration.

No decision as to exact price for planes has as yet been made, but combat planes will probably be made available at low figure, and prices will be same to all countries. Dept has recommended that General Arnold not discuss question of price with officials of other govts on his forthcoming trip.

Please telegraph Dept whether you approve allocations mentioned above. Although you will no doubt wish to consult U.S. military [Page 1207] air officers, your decision should, of course, take political and economic factors into account.

The foregoing information is not to be disclosed to Peruvian officials. For your information questions of procedure on disposal of planes are still to be worked out. Dept will inform Peruvian Ambassador here5 as soon as ground and air force equipment can be made available, and you will be informed.

  1. Spruille Braden, Assistant Secretary of State for American Republic Affairs.
  2. Gen. Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General, Army Air Forces.
  3. PBY’s or OA’s were Navy patrol bombers; B–25’s and P–47’s were horizontal and dive bombers; C–47’s, 45’s and AT–11’s were transport planes. In telegram 221, March 14, 1946, 9 p.m., the Department modified these figures as follows: 8 (instead of 9) C–47’s, 6 C–45’s, AT–11’s or AT–7’s, and 5 AT–6’s (823.24/3–1446).
  4. Pedro Beltrán.