Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Hutchinson I. Cone, Commander, United States Naval Aviation Forces, Foreign Service
Subject Copy. File No. <4-2-38>
Cablegram Sent July 4, 1918 JCM
To Comfran, Brest (For Cone) Serial No. 3367
Prep. by A-1 SX D.R.
3367 Reference your letter 8413 of June 26. Propose recommending to Department that they place two thousand aviation personnel in training at once with a view to utilising them by taking over additional British Seaplane stations when we have concluded our present agreements and commissioned all of our authorized stations. Do not approve of forming a pool for joint use of British and ourselves, but consider it highly important to recommend that these men be put in training at once for by the time they are trained, we may be in position to assume additional obligations. Prefer to keep our aviation activities entirely separate and distinct from those of our Allies. Am holding letter to Department pending your concurrence in above suggestions. <10204> 3367
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.