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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. <4-6-10>

Cablegram Received July <27, 1918.> 09028 RLM1

Origin Opnav, Washington.               Ser. No. 9107

A-1 29 July

29 ADR.

CONFIDENTIAL

Simsadus.

9107. Our 6191.2 Material for manufacture 60 Caproni’s3 shipped prior July 12 for which it is understood you will receive 30 Caproni’s from America is indefinite and it is probable that few will be ready for shipment abroad during 1918. Information desired as to additional amount material to be shipped for Capronis in order to meet agreement with Italy and to fulfill program. The rate of shipment of this material is also desired. 10027.  9107.

Benson.                 

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Handwritten date confirmed by time/date stamp.

Footnote 1: Initials of the transcriber.

Footnote 2: Letter referred to have not been found.

Footnote 3: American Liberty engines were used in Caproni heavy bombers. See: Benson to Sims, 1 July 1918.

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