Saturday, July 17, 1943
Baby flat tops were small aircraft carriers proving very effective against “wolf packs,” the roving bands of U-boats that had been destroying so many merchant vessels and taking so many lives. Planes launched from the carrier could hunt or track the submarines and drop depth charges. Reported today was an epic 38-hour battle protecting a convoy “plodding eastward with vital war supplies. Not a merchantman was damaged.” To claim a kill wasn’t easy. “You’ve got to bring back the submarine’s periscope or the captain’s hat.” But this encounter resulted in proven “kills” of at least ten U-boats. How about going to a movie tonight and enjoying some air-conditioning? “Citizen Kane’ is playing at the World Playhouse. It debuted in 1941 but is already a classic.