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Paper for Presentation to Group Session On Refining, before the Twenty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Petroleum Institute, in the Stevens Hotel, Chicago, Ill., November 14, 1945
THE STORY OF THE TECHNICAL OIL MISSION
Albert E. Miller *
Some farsighted individuals in the Petroleum Administration for War gave thought at an early date to the possibility of finding out if there was technical information in conquered enemy countries, particularly Germany, which might be useful to industry in this country in prosecuting the war and to ways and means of obtaining such information. Dr. M.R. Mandelbaum, in the Fall of 1943, discussed this subject with Mr. C.S. Snodgrass, Director of the Foreign Refining Division of the PAW who called it to the attention of the Military in a letter dated November 5, 1943. This letter met with very little response at that time.
Early in August 1944, Dr. Robert E. Wilson, Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Petroleum Industry War Council, and Mr. Bruce K. Brown, then Assistant Deputy Administrator for the PAW, discussed this matter and, under date of August 3, 1944, Dr. Wilson wrote to Dr. T.G. Delbridge, Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the PIWC, stating that the PAW would like a recommendation from TAC as to what, in its opinion, would be the best procedure for obtaining technical instruction on questions of interest to the petroleum industry in this country from conquered enemy countries.
This question was submitted to a number of those TAC members who had had considerable contact with European countries, particularly Germany, France and Italy, for their opinions. Of special value was one submitted by Mr. Robert of the Standard Oil Development Co.
And a lot more, this thing is good reading now that gas is $2.89 per gal.