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226 Evatt to Hodgson

Cablegram EC5 LONDON, 19 June 1943, 2 p.m.


1. Please give personal message to Mr. Curtin as follows:-

In the course of a remarkably intimate letter from President
Roosevelt [1] he said-
'I am delighted over the result which, by constant pressure, came
out of the War Department. I shall keep at it to ensure deliveries
as soon as possible.'
This reference to the equipment for the additional Australian
squadrons will greatly interest and please you. I urge that you
will make the announcement as to the complete success of the
mission as soon as possible. You should know too that Churchill
has conveyed the facts to the Cabinet here. Further, all senior
air officials know, and Bruce has also been informed. Therefore,
there is a real danger of a press leakage from London or
Washington. In the circumstances it would be unfortunate to delay
too long.

2. Please show copy of above message to Shedden. I am sure that
both you and Shedden will agree with my suggestion and that
Shedden will help to frame appropriate announcement along lines
suggested in my first telegram to the Prime Minister. [2]

Very best wishes to you all.

1 There is a copy of Roosevelt's letter (dated 15 June) in
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library: Roosevelt Papers, President's
Secretary's file, box 32, PSF Australia.

2 See Document 222. Curtin made an appreciative reference to
Evatt's success in obtaining additional aircraft for the R.A.A.F.

during the course of his reply to an Opposition no-confidence
motion in the House of Representatives on 22 June (see
Commonwealth Parliamentary Debates, vol. 175, p. 29). The text of
Curtin's statement was dispatched to Evatt on 24 June (see
cablegrams L26-7 on file AA:MP1217, box 474, visit abroad of Dr H.

V. Evatt ... 1943).

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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