SEQUELS: Plastic Surgery

When the aircraft carrier Wasp began her precarious trip back to port after her mid-Atlantic collision with the destroyer-minesweeper Hobson (TIME, May 5), it seemed doubtful that she could be repaired in less than three months. Her whole lower bow had been chewed out, and a section of her hull 75 ft. long and 30 ft. high was missing. It was a blow to the Navy: ship, crew and air group had been painstakingly readied to replace another carrier in the Mediterranean.

Rear Admiral Roy T. Cowdrey, who commands naval shipyards in the...

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