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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. <4-2-16>

Cablegram Sent 12 July 1918   RLM.1

To   Comfran, Brest.( Aviation Paris)   Serial No. 3656

Prep. by M-1        NCT2  D.R.

33 ADR.       

SECRET.

3656. Following received from Department QUOTE Seaplanes loaded during week ending July 6th in vessels as follows:

HS-Ones3 for French Stations, 11 in U.S.C.S. LOS ANGELES

                            4 in U.S.S. HOUSTON

                            4 in U.S.S. KIOWA

                            2 in U.S.S. LAKE HURON

Total 21.

H-Sixteens4 for Stations in Ireland.

                            3 in U.S.C.S. LOS ANGELES

DH-Fours5 for Northern Bombing Squadrons,

                            4 in U.S.S. HOUSTON. UNQUOTE.

U.S.C.S. LOS ANGELES will be routed to Brest for discharge of all seaplanes and cargo of oil as impracticable route to English or Irish port.   08012,         3656.

Sims.         

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document was directed through RAdm. Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces in France.

Footnote 1: Initials of the transcriber.

Footnote 2: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff.

Footnote 3: The Curtiss HS-1 Single engine flying boat. For more on these shipments, see: Sims to Cone, 11 July 1918.

Footnote 4: The Curtiss H-16 was a twin engine flying boat featuring American made Liberty Engines.

Footnote 5: The Airco DH-4 two seat aerial reconnaissance bomber.

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