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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Hutchinson I. Cone, Commander, United Stations Naval Aviation Forces, Foreign Service

Chronological Copy.                     File No. <4-3-19>

Cablegram Sent August 28, 1918.    AHI

To Comfran Brest (Cone)            Serial No. 5588

Prep. by A-1.            D.R. SX

42 ADR             

CONFIDENTIAL.

5588 Reference your 4475.1 Following from Opnav QUOTE Thorough investigation has been made this end. In order that to leave nothing undone Department directed Bureaus concerned to send over representatives to follow up material under its cognizance, ascertain how this material can be handled differently in order to avoid delay. Ensign Lynch2 now abroad will represent Ordnance, Lieut-Commander Pickering3 will arrive later. Bucon will send four officers, Bureau S.E.4 two, Bureau of Supplies and Accounts two. Latter will look out for Bureau of Navigation. They will act together: you will afford them all possible assistance and have them cable Department any suggestions as soon as they discover where improvements can be made. As soon as duty completed these officers will return to United States and resume duties UNQUOTE.     220928 5598.

SIMS          

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

Footnote 1: Sims is referring to the supply problem for naval airplanes operating in Europe. See: Franklin D. Roosevelt to Josephus Daniels, 18 August 1918.

Footnote 2: Ens. Charles McK. Lynch.

Footnote 3: Lt. Cmdr. Nelson W. Pickering.

Footnote 4: Bureau of Construction and Repair, and Bureau of Steam Engineering.

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