Vice Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces Based in France, to Captain David C. Hanrahan, Commander, Northern Bombing Group
Subject Copy. File No. <4-18-24>
Cablegram Sent October <25>
26, 1918 Y-24
To Amair, Calais France Serial No. 155
Prep. by A-3 D.R. SX
155 Following from Wilson QUOTE Italian Capronis on Western Front consisted originally of 2squadrons 8 machines each with 450 horsepower Isottas. At present only one squadron operating, other being replaced by 600 horsepower Fiats. Since March Italians made 70 night raids and lost no machines. French Capronis consisted 3 squadrons 10 machines each. These equipped 450 horsepower Fiats. All these Capronis are French design. During past two years French operated constantly dropping more than 500 tons bombs and losing 2 machines. Italians and French operate only under most favorable conditions. Both considered successful. Letter follows. UNQUOTE 205325 155
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.