F.W. LANCHESTER’S MEMORANDA 19 February 1918

F.W. LANCHESTER’S MEMORANDA Copy No 5.

 

AMERICAN COMMITTEE OF ENGINEERS IN LONDON

Organised with approval of His Excellency the American Ambassador

who has recommended its services to the United States Government in

connection with the conduct of the War.

 

Honorary Secretary Chairman

C.W. Purington

 

Telephone No 6050 London Wall

Cablegrams “Olenek, London”

Office of the Honorary Secretary

6, COPTHALL AVENUE

LONDON E.C. 2.

 

19th February 1918

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE.

 

The two attached Memoranda, just completed by Mr. F.W. Lanchester * one of our members, and Hon. Aeronautical Advisor to our Committee, form a technical report covering many questions connected with the execution of a proposed air-attack on German War Industries, more especially the German Pig Iron production.

 

The general and detailed character of the objective and its importance were described in the recent Report by our member, Mr. H.A. Titcomb, (“Germany’s Iron Industry and the War, from point of view of Air Attack”, Dec. 14th 1917); and the present Memoranda by Mr. Lanchester present a further analysis of the whole subject of our air offensive as it appears to an eminent British Engineer possessing exceptional knowledge of the matter in hand.

 

The War data available to civilians are necessarily incomplete. Bearing this in mind, the Report and Memoranda may both be of interest to the Allied Authorities in several suggestive directions, and hence have been presented by the American Committee of Engineers in London, in the hope that they may be of use.

 

C.W. Purington

Hon Chairman

 

* Member Inst. Civil Engrs., Member Inst. Mech. Engrs. Member Advisory Committee of Aeronautics (to the British Government), etc.

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