Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
332 — The New Zealand Minister, Washington, to the Prime Minister
The New Zealand Minister, Washington, to the Prime Minister
Your telegram of 2 April. fanning island.
I saw Admiral King this morning and he issued instructions for an American force to relieve the Fanning Island garrison.
I arranged to leave all help on the island which may be required by the United States force. Fanning is a United Kingdom possession and it may be necessary to obtain approval from the United Kingdom Government.
Will you please attend to this and advise me. In the meantime King's order will proceed and I will keep you advised of progress. The preliminary order will provide for the transfer of our men as well as replacement.