HISTORICAL NOTES: Junior's Last Voyage

Two Grumman Wildcats droned over the Atlantic, 100 miles off Cap Blanc, on search mission. At almost the same moment, each pilot spotted what he was looking for: the dark, sharklike outline of a German U-boat, slipping along just under the waves. Simultaneously, the two planes flashed the warning, "Sighted sub," back to their flattop, the Guadalcanal, known to her crew as the Can Do. As the carrier's five destroyer escorts closed in and depth charges spumed up, the submarine jammed her diving planes into the down position.

That was in June 1944, at the height of World War II....

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