National Affairs: Homing Torpedo

All through World War II, submariners complained about the torpedoes issued to them. The men of the Silent Service hung up their impressive record with erratic "fish" that were seldom as good as those used by the enemy. Unpredictable U.S. torpedoes sometimes went off prematurely or never exploded at all. They were known to porpoise or to dive under targets, and at least two circled about with diabolical accuracy to sink the subs that had launched them. Last week the Navy's Bureau of Ordnance announced that, as part of a $500 million research and...

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