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
Telephone No 6050 London Wall
Cablegrams “Olenek, London”
Office of the Honorary Secretary
6, COPTHALL AVENUE
LONDON E.C. 2.
19th February 1918
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.
* Member Inst. Civil Engrs., Member Inst. Mech. Engrs. Member Advisory Committee of Aeronautics (to the British Government), etc.