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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

Cablegram Received Aug 23, 1917

Origin Secretary of the Navy1        Serial No. Opnav 218

Via N C B R 14


For Admiral Sims

From Secnav.

Opnav 218 Your two hundred sixty seven establishment of aeronautics headquarters in Paris France approved2 period Commissioned personnel and material ordered period Referring three hundred eleven material ordered 15022

                      Admiral Benson

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

Footnote 1: Josephus Daniels.

Footnote 2: The headquarters for the United States Aviation Forces in Foreign Service were initially located at 23 Rue de la Paix before being moved to larger quarters at Hotel d’Iena, 4 Place d’Iena in mid-November.