Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to British Admiralty
TO: Admiralty FROM: Vice-Admiral Sims,
No. 955 URGENT.
Commander Hanrahan of U.S. CUSHING S.O. 1st Convoy escort just returned from St. Nazaire reports as follows – begins –
Admiral Gleaves at St Nazaire in detaining certain U.S.Destroyers on arrival St. Nazaire to escort transports out of submarine zone when cleared. This is a very serious matter especially now that ‘B’ approach route is resumed. Request that orders be given for U.S. Destroyers to leave for Queenstown directly transports are inside breakwater St. Nazaire. Matter is urgent as at present I have only 7 destroyers until escorts return and 2 of them are in dock under repair.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Below close is a routing list for copies.