Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, first cable of the day
Chronological Copy. File No. <4-3-1>
Cablegram Sent September <7>8, 1918 JCM
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 4254
Prep. by A-2 D.R. SX
4254 Due to acute shortage of aeronautical motors, can exchange Liberty Engines for airplanes of the Handley-Page and DeHaviland type, of which about 3500 are ready without motors and are urgently need<ed> for use against enemy. Urge that every effort be made to ship as many Liberty motors as possible to exchange for bombing planes. Our Northern Squadrons now awaiting planes, delivery of Capronis up to date disappointing. 034507 4254
Source Note: Cy, DNA RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date in angle brackets is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the text.