Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
192 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom (Wellington)
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom (Wellington)
Message from Mr Churchill for the most secret and personal information of Mr Fraser:
2. We will certainly send you some Hudsons for action against raiders, but I know that you would not wish to take more from the north-western approaches to Great Britain than is absolutely necessary in these next few months.
3. When I spoke of our aircraft production being ahead of Germany, it was true, but since then their bombing has somewhat damped down our factories and, as we have had to lay off bombing their factories to bomb invasion ports, etc., their current figures are now slightly ahead of ours. This is only a passing phase, because our main expansion here and overseas is now on the threshold. We shall soon be better in the air.
4. The greatest anxiety is tonnage. When I mentioned the years 1943 and 1944, I was speaking of the slow processes of shipbuilding and agriculture which require to be always running in steady grooves. Of course this does not mean that I think that the war will go on as long as that. I can truly say that, having lived through a very rough time, as you will remember, I feel that we are more sure of the future than we have ever been since the war began. Every good wish.