Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Captain Hutchinson I. Cone, Commander, United States Naval Aviation Forces, Foreign Service
Subject Copy File No.
Cablegram Sent 22 December 1917 ROC
To Jackson, Marine, Paris Serial No. 806
Prep. by A-1 NCT DR
806. For Cone. Your 567 – 101 AV. Following from Opnav QUOTE 1712. Naval Aviators in addition to those already sent will be approximately, December 30, January 50, February 50, March 50 and thereafter 100 per month. Aviators sent up to end of February will have little gunnery and bombing training. After that date will be completely trained. By holding graduates of January and February can send 100 completely trained end of March and continue 100 per month thereafter. Which method is desired. Most aviators will have been taught in tractors up to end of January when there will be a sufficient number of flying boats completed to give all advanced pupils boat training. Gunnery and bombing facilities for training Observers will not be ready until February first. Completely trained Observers for abroad expected as follows: end of February 50 and 100 per month thereafter. Reference you 563 – 93 AV not clear. We are shipping material for construction of five double dirigible sheds. Shall we furnish material for one more? Benson UNQUOTE. 23022
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. This message was sent via Sims’ headquarters to Capt. Richard H. Jackson, liaison officer with the French Marine Department in Paris, with the intention that Jackson would pass it on to Cone. While Benson’s signature is attached, it was procedure for Benson’s aides in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to affix his signature to messages that Benson did not compose.