Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Captain Hutchinson I. Cone, United States Staff Representative, Paris, France

April 18<19, 1918,>

VICE ADM.SIMS.

OPNAV 5083 – For CONE It is requested that you submit general specifications for types of aircraft that you consider necessary to effectively carry out operations laid down in our nineteen nineteen program1 This information is necessary in order that machines may be developed put into production and produced by beginning of nineteen nineteen 19019.

OPNAV.        

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Someone crossed through the original date and added “19, 1918,” which corresponds to the time/date stamp at the end of the text. Identifier in top right-hand corner: “OL – 5083.” The message was sent to Cone via Sims’ headquarters in London.

Footnote 1: On the plan for American aviation in Europe for 1919, see Turnbull & Lord, Naval Aviation: 136-37.

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