Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent 15 Aug 1917.
To: Opnav Washington: Ser No. 260
Via NCB File 4-1-22
Number two hundred and sixty.
Jackson reports quote progress in training student pilots and installation of bases and schools has now reached such a point that information of date of arrival of materials is necessary to formulate plans for beginning operations and distribution of personnel stop Land transportation and boats especially necessary stop Indications of Department’s probable action on recommendations installations eight seaplane bases is necessary for co-operation with French plans now being developed for air offensive against submarines. Local results in July very encouraging. Aviation officers needed immediately to take charge of stations already under construction. Energetic and general employment of air patrol earnestly advocated by French and now being developed our co-operation greatly needed and desired unquote
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.