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November 15, 1950

Telegram from Mao Zedong to Stalin

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Comrade Filippov [Stalin],


Completely agree with the proposal to add 120 M-15 planes to the Belov Air Division, to send them to China in two batches and to prepare to form an Air Force command organization.  Concerning the Andong Airport and the enhancement of air defense deployments, [we] will discuss this with Comrade Zakharov and carry it out.


Thanks to the courage and efforts of the Soviet air force men in battle, in the past 12 days 23 invading American planes have been shot down.  This is worth reporting to you and extending our congratulations.


Mao Zedong

November 15, 1950


Mao Zedong informs Stalin of his agreement to the Soviet proposals regarding the strengthening of air forces, and sends congratulations on the recent successful military exploits against the American side.


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Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi (CPC Central Historical Documents Research Office) and Zhongyang dang'anguan (Central Archives), eds., Jianguo yilai Zhou Enlai wengao (Zhou Enlai’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the PRC), vol. 3 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 2008), 500. Translated by Jingxia Yang and Douglas Stiffler.


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