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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Richard H. Jackson, United States Staff Representative, Paris

CABLEGRAM SENT. Feb.17, 1918.

To Amnavpar, Paris. (For Cone)

Prep by

VERY SECRET.

1334. YOUR 1027.1 Following sent to Opnav Quote 3772. Adverse rumours in circulation relative performance of the U.S.Standard Engine in the air. Request full information in as much detail as possible. Due to shortage of engines aviation situation here acute. Every effort should be made to provide British Government such engines as they have requested with utmost despatch. Have any U.S. motors been shipped from the U.S. and if so when and to whom were they consigned. Sims UNQUOTE. In reply following from Opnav QUOTE 3055. Your 3772.2 Navy experience with Liberty engine not sufficient to supply detailed information of air performance at this time. Army is conducting trials in accordance with European practice with Liberty engine in De Haviland aeroplane.

British and other representatives here in touch with developments Three Liberty engines shipped in January. One complete De Haviland ready for shipment now. Pershing3 has complete information by cable. Twelve Navy Liberty engines ready for shipment to U.S. Navy Headquarters Paris from New York by March first. Two Navy Liberty engines have been transferred to Army for immediate shipment to Air Board London. Trained mechanic will be sent abroad to handle these engines. Benson4 UNQUOTE. In view of above your 1027 will not be sent.

SIMS.              

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

Footnote 1: Document reference has not been found.

Footnote 2: Document reference has not been found.

Footnote 3: Gen. John J. Pershing, U.S.A., American Expeditionary Force.

Footnote 4: Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations. The Liberty engine was the only American designed aviation engine produced during the war and was used largely in the two seat DH4 seaplane bomber. Johnson, Fly Navy: 117.

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