Foreign News: Free Air

The letter began "My dear Clarence . . .", ended "Yours ever, Max." Between these affectionate lines Canadian-born Max Aitken, Britain's Lord Beaverbrook, broke the bad news to Canadian Munitions Minister Clarence Decatur Howe: Britain had ditched Canada's plan for postwar control of the air. Reason: the U.S. objected.

Up to last week, Britain and Canada had differed on details, but had agreed on the main principle that an international authority should govern the world's postwar airways. The U.S., fearing that any such authority would be weighted too much on the side of...