Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Hutchinson I. Cone, United States Naval Aviation Forces

Subject Copy.                           File No. <4-17-6>

Cablegram Sent May 18 <19>. 1918.  ROC

To Amnavpar, Paris.                      Serial No. 2268

Prep. by CS              NCT    D.R.


2268. For Cone. I understand from Captain Craven1 that it is undesirable for our Foreign Aviation Service to undertake at present any projects other than those now authorized and on foot, including northern bombing project, two Italian stations and four in Ireland.2 If you believe this policy should be adopted I will act accordingly on all suggestions for further expansion. 2268.  00319


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The original dating was 18 May. However someone crossed through the 18 and handwrote 19 above it. The latter day is confirmed by the time/date stamp just before the signature.

Footnote 1: Capt. Thomas T. Craven was director of operations for United States Naval Aviation Forces. Rossano, Stalking the U-Boat: 43.

Footnote 2: In late April, Cone wrote a friend that although the British had been urging him to build or man additional stations along the English Channel and elsewhere, he rejected those requests “saying the United States had as much on its plate as it could handle.” Ibid., 146. The northern bombing project was then headquartered in Dunkirk, France; the four bases in Ireland were Lough Foyle, Berehaven, Whiddy Island, and Wexford; the bases in Italy were at Porto Corsini and Pesaro.

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