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Captain Richard H. Jackson, American Naval Representative to the Ministry of Marine, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels

U. S. NAVY COMMUNICATION BUREAU

MINISTER DE LE MARINE.

SECNAV    WASHINGTON               July 12th, 1917.

NUMBER 3

Aeronautic detail in France established at two schools, pilot at Tours, mechanicans and observers at San Rafael. Both progressing rapidly. Tentative arrangements have been made for the establishment and the equipment of three stations, Dunkerque, Le Croisic and St. Trojan, and a Firing and Observing and Training School at Lasanau. Work at Dunkerque started, Work at Le Croisic ordered. Plans of Lacanau and St. Trojan being prepared. Personnel to be trained for these bases should be sent for training as soon as possible. About two hundred men each base. Detailed report follow.1

Jackson.      

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

Footnote 1: See: Kenneth Whiting to Daniels, 20 July 1917. Both pilots and ground officers were initially trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before being sent to Europe. Other training centers were subsequently opened at The University of Washington, and the Dunwoody Institute, in Minnesota. United States Naval Aviation: 1910-1980 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1981), 27.

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