WASHINGTON (Apr. 10)
Rep. Samuel S. Stratton, New York Democrat, announced today that he had requested the Secretaries of State and Defense to investigate reports that Prof. Willy Messerschmitt, one of Hitler’s leading aircraft designers, was working with the Egyptian Government to develop a Mach-2 jet fighter in violation of the West German constitution.
A number of vital parts for the jet are reportedly being manufactured in the Messerschimitt factory in West Germany and shipped to Egypt. Rep. Stratton said: “These reports, if true, reveal a most serious threat to peace in the Middle East. It is incredible that countries which receive our aid, and with one of which we are closely allied, should be permitted to participate in military development activities which clearly threaten the security and independence of Israel.”