National Affairs: Off Hatteras

Off the North Carolina coast, about 20 miles from Cape Hatteras, the old warships Virginia and New Jersey were sent to the bottom in target practice by Army aviators. The object of the practice was to determine the comparative effectiveness of various bombs from various altitudes (TIME, Aug. 13). Inasmuch as the battleships were obsolete, unable to defend themselves, and had their water-tight compartments dismantled, they were easy game for the aviators. Yet the tests seemed to show the importance of command of the air, and the accuracy and comparative effectiveness of...

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