Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Whiting, Commander, Naval Air Stations 14 and 15, Killingholme
5531, For Whiting.
Long distance reconnoissance flight with flying boats over enemy territory have emphasized the necessity of providing adequate protection to gasoline tanks against machine gunfire. Strongly advise this important point be given every consideration and utmost effort made to provide necessary protection. British now investigating. Will report result. Self-sealing tanks recommended if they can be constructed. 5531. 24 Mar 1918 SIMS.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.