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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Office of Naval Intelligence

Cablegram Sent      Sept. 5, 1917.

To Opnav for Navintel Washington.


Copies to: C. of S., J.V.B.,  E. A.1

From Commander Naval Forces European Waters,

To Office of Naval Intelligence,

457. 14001 no special ships fitted for carrying bomb dropping hydro-aeroplanes now in use against submarines. stop Reason no ships suitable for this service available stop Operation of hydroaeroplanes patrols is carried out from shore bases stop This service is considered valuable stop Of submarines sighted about eighty percent are attacked with bombs stop Have made about sixty such attacks in last five months but it is impossible to tell how many of these attacks have resulted in sinking or disabling of submarine 13005.     Sims.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff, Cmdr. John V. Babcock, Sims’ aide, and Capt. Edwin A. Anderson, Commander, Squad One, Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet.