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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels

15th December 1917.


From: Commander, U.S.Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.

To  : The Secretary of the Navy (Operations – Aviation)

Subject: Aviation – Weekly Report of Operations.

     1.   ENGLAND

          All students pilots making very good progress in their work. Nothing of special interest to report.

     2.   IRELAND.

          Living accommodations for 500 men at the proposed U.S. Naval Aviation base, Queenstown, will be ready for occupancy by February 15th,1918. Constructional work on proposed bases in progress.

     3.   FRANCE.


          Constructional work in progress. Eight seaplanes being assembled.

          LE CROISIC.

          Routine patrol flights. Tellier seaplane No.73 badly damaged making a landing on rough water.1 Machine located by pigeons and rescued by U.S.S. ANDERTON. No casualties to personnel.

          Number of flights per week – 12, Number of hours in the air 7 hours 20 mins.


          Number of dirigible flights during the week to a total number of hours in the air – 6 hours. Nothing of special interest to report.

          Constructional work on other proposed U.S.Naval Aviation bases in France progressing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.

/s/ Wm.S.SIMS.               

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

Footnote 1: Tellier was a French-made seaplane.

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