893.248/11–1148: Telegram

The Consul General at Peiping (Clubb) to the Secretary of State

445. Consistent reports recently received particularly through American press representatives Peiping that sources close to CAT believe there will shortly be resurrected something similar to AVG commanded by Chennault early in Sino-Japanese war.

Assume from outward evidence there exists no plan for extending official blessing to any new American volunteer group. However, possible such group might be organized without American official approval, invite attention to possible serious consequences participation such American air group in Chinese civil [war] for Americans residing in areas which are now or might fall into Communist control. Therefore suggest if such group in process of formation appropriate steps be taken to end that such American residents be forwarned if possible.

Sent Dept 445, repeated Nanking 656.