Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Commander Hutchinson I. Cone, Commander, United States Naval Aviation Forces, Foreign Service
Cablegram Sent 22 December 1917. [ROC?]
To Jackson, Marine, Paris. Serial No. 809
Prep. by A-1 NCT D.R.
809. For Cone. Following from Opnav QUOTE 1723. Reference Cones letter 220 of November 22nd regarding kite ballaons understand that British are establishing kite balloon stations at Berehaven and Lock Swilly. In order to prepare comprehensive schedule for output of kite balloon personnel and material it is absolutely necessary that Department be informed as soon as practicable as to probable requirements along these lines abroad. Benson UNQUOTE. Complete details of proposed kite balloon station at Whiddy Island will be cabled you next Wednesday. 22422.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. This cable was sent from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (over the signature of Adm. William S. Benson) through Sims’ headquarters to Capt. Richard Jackson, the liaison officer with the French Marine department, who was to deliver it to Cone. “ROC” was presumably the person in Sims’ office who encoded the message; it is not known who “A-1” is and “NCT” was Sims’ chief of staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining.