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How 'baby flattops' helped the US Navy win World War II

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

A US Navy flight deck officer gives a thumbs-up as flight crews work on Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers aboard an unidentified training escort carrier in the 1940s.
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Before the US entered World War II, the Navy knew its fleet carriers wouldn't be enough to fight Germany and Japan.
The solution was the escort carrier, smaller and slower than larger fleet carriers but capable of protecting convoys and amphibious landings.
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