The USS Guadalcanal, (CVE-60), is in the history books as flagship of the jeep carrier hunter-killer group that boarded and captured the German submarine U-505. The U-boat, which is probably remembered even better than the ship, is now installed on concrete cradles alongside the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, dedicated to those men who lost their lives defending the country at sea. More than eight million people have visited her.
The Guadalcanal has another, earlier claim to fame than the capture of the U-boat. It involved more blood, sweat, and tears than the capture, and it probably affected the Battle of the Atlantic at least as much. She is the ship that broke the ice on around-the-clock flight operations in the U. S. Navy in 1944.