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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <4-18-4>

              Cablegram Sent November 1 1918     Y-24

To        Opnav, Washington                 Serial No. 8656

Prep. by A-1                 D.R. NCT

                                       52 ADR


8656. Our 7617 and our 83501 transmitting dispatch from Admiral Benson. Have suspended negotiations with Italian Government relative to augmenting our aviation forces in the Adriatic Sea.

     We are transferring seaplane station from Dunkirk to Zeebrugge Mole. Request authority to support this seaplane station with land machines not exceeding four squadrons day and night bombers. This will leave the Northern Bombing Group intact, but decreased by two day squadrons. Propose placing operations Northern Bombing Group under Allied Commander-in-Chief in the Field.2 Important we notify Allies out intentions in this connection and therefore request early reply. 171001 our 7617 and 8350 8656


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

Footnote 1:The former document has not been located, but for the latter, see: Richard H. Jackson to Opnav, 29 October 1918.

Footnote 2: Mar. Ferdinand Foch.

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