Reference FO 371/151996
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Shooting down of U2 Aircraft
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS file 1381 (pp 12 to 19)
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, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
People Andrei Gromyko, Christian A. Herter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gary Powers, Harold Caccia, Harold Macmillan, James Hagerty, Nikita Khrushchev, Vasilii Kuznetsov
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 Soviet press reaction to the incident and the British government's support for the Americans over the issue; Soviet and American diplomatic notes about the incident; and a Soviet press conference at which pieces of the plane had been exhibited. Other subjects covered include analysis by the British military attaché in Moscow who had viewed the wreckage of the plane; a press conference and statement given by president Eisenhower about the incident; and British Parliamentary Questions about Britain's role in surveillance flights. Documents in the file include a Soviet booklet containing speeches about the incident and pictures of the wreckage; and a telegram from the British ambassador in Washington, reporting his conversation with the American Secretary of State on the handling of the crisis and the American acknowledgement of the mission's surveillance goals.


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