106 Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister, to Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Cablegram 722  CANBERRA, 8 November 1941
MOST SECRET IMMEDIATE
Your telegrams 740 and 741 of 6th November  and previous telegrams.
Commonwealth Government considers it of the utmost importance that every possible assistance should be given to China. The collapse of Chinese resistance would have serious consequences as Japan would be a much more formidable opponent with China totally defeated. We should not allow Japan the opportunity of so ordering the course of events as to enable her to pursue her policy of aggression in circumstances most favourable to herself. Whilst we feel that American co-operation is most desirable our own action should not be delayed merely on account of any American hesitancy to take action. 
2. We are in agreement with proposal of Commander-in-Chief, Far East, to form a Buffalo Squadron for China with volunteer personnel and give permission for Australian personnel to volunteer for this duty, the Commander-in-Chief, Far East, to determine the limit to be placed on numbers of personnel and the consequent reduction in air strength in Malaya which would be entailed. Glad to have information in due course as to arrangements and conditions under which volunteers will serve.