BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: Lighter-Than-Air-Convoys

There were still too many sinkings. The Navy announced this week that twelve merchant ships were sunk last week. That brought the announced total of ships sunk in the Atlantic since Pearl Harbor to 150. Furthermore, a destroyer was lost off Florida—the 1920 four-piper Sturtevant.

The only way to cut sinkings is by port-to-port convoy—a thing which is impossible for coastal shipping at a time when the U.S. Navy is busy convoying to Australia, to Iceland, to the Middle East. But the U.S. Navy has begun to develop a substitute which may prove to be a lifeline-saver: convoy by blimp.

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