Telegram - Winston Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt (May 10, 1941) 3:38 p.m.
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Dated May 10, 1941
Rec'd 3:38 p.m.
Secretary of State,
1855, May 10, 5 p.m.
SECRET FOR THE PRESIDENT FROM THE FORMER NAVAL PERSON.
"I expect you are now acquainted with the splendid offer which General Arnold made to us of one third of the rapidly expanding capacity for pilot training in the United States to be filled with pupils from here. We have made active preparations and the first 5504 young men are now ready to leave as training, was to have begun early next month. A second batch of 550 will follow quickly on their heels. I now understand there are legal difficulties. I hope, Mr. President, that these are not serious as it would be very disappointing to us and would upset our arrangements if there were now to be delay. General Arnold's offer was an unexpected and very welcome addition to our training facilities. Such ready made capacity of aircraft, airfields and instructors all in balance we could not obtain to the same extent and in the same time by any other means. It will greatly accelerate our effort in the air."