Canada: THE SERVICES: The Blind Eye

Before the war, Johnny Littler was a China coaster, sailing offshore and threading the tricky passages of the Yangtze. Through the war, he was one of the Royal Canadian Navy's ace navigators. On Atlantic convoy duty, said he, "the Admiral thought nothing of going to sleep while I took the squadron through the Smalls" (reefs at the entrance to Bristol Channel). With Littler as navigator, Canada's first cruiser, the Uganda, steamed 80,000 miles and never missed a rendezvous. Littler gave radar much of the credit, called it the most valuable aid he...

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