Challenge in Escorts

U.S. industry last week was face to face with its greatest single challenge since Pearl Harbor—an immediate and terrific expansion in escort vessel construction. To do the job requires not only a mighty effort by giant shipbuilders and steelmakers but also an almost fantastic production boost by thousands of small partsmakers of whom most U.S. citizens have never heard.

Whatever the task, it must be done: lurking Nazi U-Boats recently sank as much as 1,000,000 tons of Allied shipping in a single month (TIME, Jan. 25), an annual rate actually in excess of...

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