Volume #16 - 841.|
RELATIONS AVEC LES ETATS-UNIS
QUESTIONS DE DÉFENSE
Le secrétaire du Comité des chefs d'état major|
au sous secrétaire dÉtat aux Affaires 'extérieures
le 4 juillet 1950|
Attention: Mr. R.A. MacKay
PROPOSED U.S.A.F. TRAINING FLIGHTS IN CANADA AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF CANADIAN CITIES
1. I would like to refer to your letter of June 16, 1950,1 and to our previous correspondence on this subject.
2. The Chiefs of Staff have considered this matter and have agreed that there is no objection to the U.S.A.F. proposal, subject to the exercises being carried out under the following conditions:
(a) that copies of all photographs taken will be forwarded to the R.C.A.F.;
(b) that any photographs taken be given a high security classification and no distribution of such photographs will be made without prior reference to R.C.A.F. Headquarters; and
(c) that, while performing bombing and radar scope photography over Canadian cities, aircraft will fly at a high altitude and that no mass flights will at any time occur over Canadian cities.
3. The Chiefs of Staff also feel that the project falls within the scope of the approval given by the Minister of National Defence, as set out in the letter to General Walsh from Air Vice Marshal James dated January 10, 1950.50
4. I might add that, in view of certain studies now taking place in relation to defence planning, the R.C.A.F. are particularly interested in receiving copies of photographs of the Canadian cities concerned.
5. In these circumstances, and in view of the urgency which the U.S.A.F. attach to this project, the Chiefs of Staff would be most grateful if you would take whatever action you consider necessary to expedite Canadian approval of he project.
for J.D.B. Smith
50 Note marginale:/Marginal note: No! [R.A. MacKay]