Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Chronological Copy. File No. <4-3-13>
Cablegram Sent July 19, 1918 MFX
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 1461
Prep. by A-1 SX D.R.
1461. Your 8608. Due to shortage of qualified pilots and general deficiency of equipment impossible for us to commission HS type flying boats. For this reason and due to congestion at point of assembly concur in your suggestion that shipments be reduced for the present. Shipments until September first should not exceed 165 flying boats. Urge that every effort be made to supply personnel and material with which to operate flying boats which we now have and those to come. 20219. 1461
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.