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Naval History and Heritage Command

Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <4-3-13>

               Cablegram Sent      July 19, 1918  MFX

To        Opnav Washington                  Serial No. 1461

Prep. by       A-1                SX D.R.

                                            35 ADR

CONFIDENTIAL.

1461. Your 8608.1 Due to shortage of qualified pilots and general deficiency of equipment impossible for us to commission HS type flying boats. For this reason and due to congestion at point of assembly concur in your suggestion that shipments be reduced for the present. Shipments until September first should not exceed 165 flying boats. Urge that every effort be made to supply personnel and material with which to operate flying boats which we now have and those to come. 20219. 1461

SIMS

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

Footnote 1: This document has not been located.

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