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Memorandum for the Chief of the Air Corps1
January 14, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
Attached is a rough outline of the War Department’s plans to carry out the terms of the Presidential message on National Defense of January 12, as a guide for the Chief of Staff in an informal hearing before the House and Senate Military Committees on Tuesday, January 17.2
Please rework those portions pertaining to aviation.
As the Military Committee of the House is primarily interested in legislation, rather than appropriation, an additional paragraph should be added outlining—very briefly—the legislative requirements necessary to carry out our plans for aviation.
Also, please attach such lists of special data as you may deem advisable, such as, character and number of permanent structures to be erected at bases, along with a list of temporary buildings also involved.
All must be completed by 11:30 AM, Monday [January 16].
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the War Plans Division, File 4132, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. This version of the document was attached to a similar memorandum of the same date addressed to Brigadier General George V. Strong (U.S.M.A., 1904) of the War Plans Division.
2. The president’s message is printed in The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939, pp. 70-74. The president asked Congress to appropriate approximately $525,000,000 for the next two years, $450,000,000 of which was for the army. Two-thirds of the army appropriation was for airplane purchases.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 681.