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Thomas Wildenberg is an award-winning scholar with special interests in aviators, naval aviation, and technological innovation in the military. He is the author of a number of books on a variety on naval topics as well as biographies of Joseph Mason Reeves, Billy Mitchell, and Charles Stark Draper.

Articles by Thomas Wildenberg


A Sub-Hunting Bloodhound

By Thomas Wildenberg
October 2017
The Mark 24 torpedo, nicknamed “Fido” for its ability to sniff out enemy submarines, was one of the first “smart” weapons developed during World War II. An official definition for ...
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The Instrumental Oerlikon

By Thomas Wildenberg
April 2016
One of the most widely used naval weapons of World War II, the 20-mm Oerlikon antiaircraft cannon was installed aboard virtually every U.S. Navy warship—from lowly PT boats to massive ...

Books by Thomas Wildenberg