Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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.

Cablegram Sent July 11, 1918   JCM1

To   Comfran, Brest (For Cone)               Serial No. 3611

Prep. by  A-12               SX  D.R.

           29 ADR

CONFIDENTAL

3611.Following from Opnav QUOTE Seaplanes loaded during week during July 8th in vessels as follows HS-L<’>S3 for French stations 11 in USCS LOS ANGELES 4 in USS HOUSTON4 4 in KIOWA and 2 in LAKE HURON total 21 H-6<’>S5 for Stations in Ireland 3 in USCS LOS ANGELES. D.H. 4<’>S6 for Northern Bombing Squadrons 4 in USS HOUSTON. UNQUOTE Do you desire DH-4 Airplanes shipped to Eastleigh7 provided British agree and that USS HOUSTON makes a British port. 01211. 3611

Sims.    

 

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

Footnote 1: The initials of the typist/coder who has not been further identified.

Footnote 2: Presumably, this means that this message was prepared by the aviation section of Sims’ staff.

Footnote 3: Curtiss HS-1L was a single engine flying boat using the new Liberty motor.

Footnote 4: Los Angeles was a tanker; Houston was a cargo ship. DANFS.

Footnote 5: H-6C, better known as H-16, was a Curtiss twin engine flying boat.

Footnote 6: The DH-4 was a British two-seat biplane day. It was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland (hence "DH") and was the first British two-seat light day-bomber to have effective defensive armament.

Footnote 7: Eastleigh was a British air base on the coast of the English Channel near Southampton. The British offered it to the United States in June and on 20 July the Americans took it over. Stalking the U-Boat: 337.

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