243 Evatt to Curtin
Cablegram E173 WASHINGTON, 12 July 1943, 7.27 p.m.
Your telegram L.68  is of course the first intimation I have had that an additional Spitfire squadron was raised from reserves and despatched to New Guinea. Your telegram says that the action was concurred in by the Air Ministry in London. I would say that this seems hardly in conformity, with arrangements made during my visit to London last year which are stated in writing.  It was intended that the Spitfire reserves should be devoted exclusively to effectual maintenance of the three squadrons, otherwise the result might be that the three squadrons would be weakened. That in effect is what has happened.
2. I have discussed most confidentially with Churchill the question of providing one or two additional squadrons for the South West Pacific. This is for your most confidential information as the result of our discussions may not be known for some little time. I think it quite possible that I could obtain the additional 30 Spitfires, but the suggested way of dealing with the matter is not quite satisfactory.
3. On receipt of your wire I immediately telegraphed to Bruce as follows:-
'Please do nothing at present re Canberra 102 until I communicate with Curtin. I have already been active in connection with the matter.' 
4. I propose, with your permission, to communicate with Churchill to whom I can frankly explain the matter. I would also ask that you confirm with Bruce that he takes no action at present.  The moment he makes informal enquiries of the Air Ministry the whole situation will have to be disclosed to Churchill who, for all practical purposes, is in charge of the Air.
5. Please telegraph at once whether you will let me make approach as I recommend.