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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Captain Hutchinson I. Cone, Commander, United States Naval Aviation Forces, Foreign Service

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Cablegram Sent      Jan 23, 1918.       TOH

To Amnavpar, Paris.1 (For Cone)   Serial No. 1077

Prep. by A-1        COS2     D.R.


1077.     Following from Opnav. Quote Your 846 Av. 62.3 Impossible obtain Rockwell.4  Your 484 61 Av.5 Qualified pilots will be commissioned officer. Will furnish sufficient pilots two for each large seaplane in operation. All pilots after March 1st will be fully trained as observers and machine gunners. Radio operators previously referred as observers will be trained in bomb dropping and machine gun and one radio operator will be furnished for each seaplane. Such men will hold Electrician (Radio) rate. Benson. Unquote. 17123.


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

Footnote 1: U.S Staff Representative, Paris, France, which was Capt. Richard H. Jackson. Jackson was to pass this message on to Cone.

Footnote 2: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Chief of Staff, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.

Footnote 3: Document referred to has not been found.

Footnote 4: Probably a reference to Rockwell Field, an Army and Navy aviation school in San Diego, California.

Footnote 5: Document referred to have not been found.

Footnote 6: VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, who was forwarding the message.

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