PDF of memorandum reproduced below to
as soon as time permits (hopefully
before Sept. 15, 1999).
Office of the
MEMORANDUM FOR GENERAL ECHOLS
1. In conversation with Mr. Leonard Peto of the Canadian Car and
Foundry Company, March 12th, at Wright Field, Mr. Peto stated that:
a. He expected to
finish his present order of Hurricanes in about two months, and did
not believe he would get any more although there had been some
conversation about an additional 100.
b.While there had also been a lot of conversation about giving
him an order for Typhoons, he did not expect to get the order as
he understood that the Typhoon was not ready for production and
that there were still a lot of bugs being worked out in England on
c.His personal opinion also was that the passage of the
Lend-Lease Bill will mean a shut-down on British orders to
Canadian firms, as the British will not desire to spend money in
Canada on equipment which they can secure in the United States for
d.Mr. Peto wants to manufacture
the Burnelli attack bomber in this country. He spoke of
consolidating the Burnelli and Bellanca organizations to utilise the
two engineering staffs, and, particularly, to get hold of Mr. Roche to be Chief
Engineer and carry through the Burnelli bomber project.
He did not feel that there would be much difficulty in
securing sufficient skilled labor. He expected to be able to produce the first
article in one year and start production a year later on a modest
scale, finally working up to around 50 per month.
GEORGE C. KENNEY
Brig. General, U.S.A.,
Asst. Chief, Materiel