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In mid-November 1941, Admiral Karl Dönitz, the Nazi commander of U-boats, noted in his war log his puzzlement over the repeated failures of German submarines to find and sink Allied convoys in the atlantic. “Accident does not fall on the same side every time,” he insisted; it just could not be a coincidence that the Allies always seemed to choose a course that steered clear of his waiting submarines.

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WW II technical developments involving combat aircraft, powerplants, the vital new areas of radar and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and the substantial efforts with helicopters and guided missiles were discussed in Naval Aviation News, November- December 1990 through March- April 1991. This article deals with munitions and catapult developments.

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Summary of outstanding events and general comments : On the night of November 14-15 Washington was flagship of Commander Task Force 64 (CombatDiv 6). In column, with 4 DDs ahead and Sout Dakota astern, she stood north between Russell and Guadalcanal, then east and southeast, passing north of Savo, to a point 13.5 miles 116°t from the south point of Savo …

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The mythology of WW II aviation contains tales of aircraft that were designed and developed by an inspired contractor at a time of great peril and rushed into production and combat to meet a dire need. In contrast, the navy fought WW II almost entirely with aircraft of designs that predated the outbreak of war …

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