Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
19 April 1918.
From:- Force Commander.
To:- Secretary of the Navy – (Operations – Aviation).
Subject:- Aviation – Report of Weekly Activities.
Enclosures:- 16 Photographs.
The Kite Balloon Pilots who have been receiving instruction at the Royal Naval Air Station, Roehampton, England, have been returned to Berehaven, Ireland, for duty at that station. It is contemplated that the latter station will be commissioned about April 29, 1918. The British Air Force will, however, retain a sufficient number of skilled personnel at that point until such time as we are fully prepared to relieve them.
Construction work for the proposed stations in Ireland is progressing as satisfactorily as may be expected under the circumstances. Priority in construction has been given to the Seaplane Station at Loch Foyle at the request of the British Admiralty owing to the increased submarine activities off that part of the Irish Coast. This station is now sufficiently well advanced from a construction point of view to accommodate several seaplanes.
Fromentine:- Construction work in progress. Nothing of interest to report.
Dunkirk:- Usual enemy air raids and long distance shelling of station. No material damage. Officers and men co-operating completely with British Air Force stationed at Dunkirk.
Moutchic:- Total number of flights .. 139
Total time .. .. .. 46 hrs. 5 mts.
Aircraft in service .. .. 8
Aircraft out of service under
repair .. .. .. 2
Le Croisic:- Total number of flights .. 16
Total time .. .. .. 24 hrs.20 mts.
Total number of submarine
warnings received .. 39
Total number of flights .. 2
Total time .. .. .. 7 hrs.35 mts.
There is nothing of interest to report from the remaining stations at which construction work is progressing in a most satisfactory manner.
WM. S. SIMS