On May 20, 1963 the Special Assistant for National Security, McGeorge Bundy, sent a top-secret “eyes only” memo to Special Group 5412 entitled: “Approval for actions against Cuba.”
Subject – Cuban attacks on reconnaissance flights – A contingency plan addendum
We have considered the plan of a fabricated incident and conclude that it would be feasible or desirable to contrive a mock Cuban attack on a US aircraft. This plan applies to a genuine attack on a US aircraft over or near Cuba.
1.) The Problem:
To capitalize on an attack on a US aircraft engaged in reconnaissance of Cuba by taking reprisals designed to place pressure on, or to effect the removal of, the Castro regime.