Captain William D. MacDougall, United States Naval Attaché at London, to Office of Naval Intelligence
Sent: May 31, 1917. To: Navintel, Washington.
The Air Board and the Admiralty recommend that officers who will hold higher commands in the army and navy air service should come here immediately and be given authority to make decisions in the same way as the commissioners. If they possess this authority it will be possible to make progress, whereas an account of the impossibility of putting the matter to <on> paper, very little can be accomplished at present. It will cost about one billion dollars per year roughly, to maintain a force of one thousand pilots. The British are anxious that we should undertake the first stages of training of their men as well as our own, leaving the final training to be done in England. They would like us to construct training machines immediately. This would leave them free to put more factories on the high class engines which we are not ready to make just now. No. 19331.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. Identifying Number “S141” is written in the upper right-hand corner of the document.