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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, Second cable of the day


Chronological Copy.                          File No. <31/10/4>

Cablegram Received May <18 – 1918> 08419 MJK

Origin    Opnav, Washington                       Ser. No. 6202.

S 1 May 19

29 ADR


6202. Following personnel from United States Forces now abroad needed immediately, to assist in training of pilots: Officer credibly familiar with development bombing operations and fighting tactics for bombers. Officer competent to undertake training Post Quartermaster Aerial Gunnery. Officer to assist in training of lighter than air pilots. Request information whether these officers can be secured and date of departure.1 18018. 6202.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Handwritten date at the top corresponds to the time/date stamp at the end of the cable.

Footnote 1: Although it is unclear if any of the requested personnel were actually detached, Cone cabled Benson a week later noting the severe shortages of U.S. naval aviation personnel in both France and Italy. See: Cone to Sims, 25 May 1918.

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