OFFICE FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH COMMITTEE
OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
1530 P STREET NW.
September 4, 1942
Dr. Reuben Wood
California Institute of Technology
I am sorry to hear from your letter that the manufacture of the instruments
is not proceeding so well as we had hoped. I have written to Dr. Beckman, urging him
to improve the situation, and, in particular, suggesting that he make use of your
services for a while. I think that it is important that he put the instruments out
on schedule, and although I do not want your research program to be interrupted for
long, perhaps it will be necessary for you to help him out.
Holmes and I visited the Naval Research Laboratory and got a hood bit of
information regarding the Navy rebreather and the way in which our instrument should
be adapted to it. We saw the new submarine model which had arrived safely but had
not yet been subject to any tests. Also they had not yet carried out any of the shock
tests that are planned. I am glad to learn about the satisfactory performance that
you observed in the Vengeance dive bomber.
I am writing to Sargent, suggesting that he plan to leave his present job
and take up his new worth with Dr. Buchman as soon as Dr. Beckman will let him go,
preferably somewhat before the end of September. I have mentioned this to Dr. Beckman
several times, and have mentioned it again in my last letter to him.
I do not know how to get in touch with D.r Garvey S. Frank. If you have his
address, please let me have it, and let me know also if you l arn anything about his
I shall now be at 1530 P St. NW, Washington D.C. for a few days.