Reference FO 371/151995
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Shooting down of U2 Aircraft
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS file 1381 (pp to 11)
The National Archives Closure Status File was closed for 30 years after creation, under the Public Records Act 1958.
Themes International Relations, Secret Intelligence and Espionage
Document Types Correspondence, Reports, Memoranda, Press and Media
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries Afghanistan, East Germany, France, Ghana, Hungary, Norway, Pakistan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, West Germany
People Bernard Burrows, Charles E. Bohlen, Christian A. Herter, Dag Hammarskjöld, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gary Powers, Gladwyn Jebb, Harold Caccia, Harold Stassen, Kliment Voroshilov, Leonid Brezhnev, Llewellyn E. Thompson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Nikita Khrushchev, Patrick Reilly, Pierson Dixon, Rodion Malinovskii
Key Events U-2 incident
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A file containing documents relating to the downing of an American U-2 plane. Subjects discussed in the file include the possibility of the Soviet Union raising the U-2 incident at the U.N. Security Council; Soviet press coverage of the military operation which had brought the plane down; and statements issued by Christian Herter, the American Secretary of State, giving further information regarding the flight. Other subjects discussed include speeches given by Soviet leaders about the incident, including threats to sign a peace treaty with Germany and remove the Western "occupiers" by force; and Soviet, French, and American press coverage of those speeches. Documents in the file include an American press release about the note given to the Soviet government stating that the plane was on a weather research mission; and a statement admitting that the plane was gathering intelligence, but that its flight had not been authorised by president Eisenhower.


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