Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Based in Europe, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
IL 5579 <September 26, 1918.>
5579 British Air Ministry have urgently requested 100 type R kite balloons from Navy for use on Western front. In compliance, arrangements have been made transferring eight type R and two type M kite balloons leaving balance 90 to be furnished. Earnestly recommend shipment from United States earliest possible moment. Previously requested 15 having been furnished by army. Air service from Bordeaux France about 1 July and ten from United States via U. S. S. FRANK H. BUCK early inAugust. These 25 have been delivered 100 now asked for, are in addition. 113226 5579
1033 p.m. 9-26-18
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.