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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

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <4/21/1>

          Cablegram Received <February 21, 1918.> 11623  EJW1

Origin      Opnav, Washington               Ser. No. 3153

A-  12   22-2-18

21D

Simsadus.

3153. Your 3065.3 No Torpedo Carrying Sea Plane or Aeroplane under consideration at present time, 10021.4

Benson

Source Note: Cy, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date is handwritten at the top of the page and confirmed by the date stamp just before the signature.

Footnote 1: The initials of the transcriber/decoder.

Footnote 2: The editors believe “A- 1” was the designation for the Aviation Section of Sims’ staff; “22-2-18” was the date it was referred to this section; “21D” is the code used to send the message; “Simsadus” is the official designation for Sims’ headquarters.

Footnote 3: This cable has not been found.

Footnote 4: Despite what Benson wrote here, by late 1918 a test was run using an F-5 flying boat carrying a 400-pound dummy torpedo near the Naval Aircraft Factory at Philadelphia. Turnbull & Lord, Naval Aviation: 213.

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