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

Cablegram Sent 24 November 1917.

To Opnav, Washington.         Serial No. 1683

Via N C B 19 D      Prep. by WAE   Appvd. by NCT1

                                   File No.

Copies to: COS, JVB, WAE:2

1683. Your 1208 communicated to Cone3 who replies QUOTE Recommend offer be accepted. Have already enlisted fifty good pilot material in France. No accommodation now for training. Request permission to enroll these men as temporary Ensigns reserve Force and that this detail be sent Italy for training UNQUOTE Recommend approval. 17324




Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is a: “Subject Copy.

Footnote 1: Lt. Walter A. Edwards, Aviation Aide; and Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 2: Lt. Cmdr. John V. Babcock.

Footnote 3: See: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Sims, 19 November 1917; Cmdr. Hutchinson I. Cone, Commander, United States Naval Aviation Forces and Foreign Service.

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