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Memorandum for General Arnold
February 27, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
With reference to the re-allocation of experienced personnel, Mr. Hopkins yesterday brought to us a list of the most urgent requirements for the British, as approved by Winston Churchill. The following refer to the Air Corps:1
American pilots to ferry planes to England. It was stated that this would save them about 800 pilots. Mr. Hopkins reports they are very short of pilots.
Experienced crews for heavy bombers.
Set-ups, meaning I suppose personnel as well as materiel, for five training schools for pilots in this country.
All of this is but another indication of tremendous pressure which will be exerted on us regarding the allocation of experienced Air Corps personnel, both ground and air. I have been going over the distribution table you handed me yesterday, but this more recent proposal by Mr. Hopkins adds another complication to the plot. It looks as though we are going to be forced to some very radical thing or departure, and what I am concerned about is that we arrive at a solution before an unfortunate one is forced on us. Please turn this over in your mind and then see me about it personally.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. For the Hopkins list of British requirements, see Robert E. Sherwood, Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1948), pp. 257-58. For the origins of the British requests, see Memorandum for General Arnold, February 14, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-370 [2: 422-23].
2. Marshall and Hopkins discussed the British situation in early March. For details of their meeting, see Memorandum for the Secretary of War, March 10, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-385 [2: 439-40].
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 433,