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SailorGreg

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Re: HMS Prince of Wales
« Reply #50 on: December 14, 2019, 06:00:35 PM »

Apologies here.
Sorry for the hijack but......weren't they the planes that couldn't hit the Torrey Canyon wreck to set it on fire?
Brain freeze???

I believe they hit the wreck OK, but crude oil is actually quite difficult to set alight (which was the aim of the exercise to prevent the slick reaching land).  The RAF/FAA were not (and are not) equipped with anti-crude oil weapons!

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Re: HMS Prince of Wales
« Reply #51 on: December 14, 2019, 06:43:58 PM »

Most bombs i saw land seemed to miss?......... {-)
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Re: HMS Prince of Wales
« Reply #52 on: December 14, 2019, 10:11:04 PM »


IIRC they were trying to miss the ship but ignite the oil plume escaping from her, but as SailorGreg says, it's damn difficult to ignite.


The Bucc was still a fine aeroplane, and maybe the best low level strike aircraft the  FAA, RAF or any other air force ever had on their books. As the USAF found out to their cost during numerous Red Flag exercises.
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Re: HMS Prince of Wales
« Reply #53 on: December 15, 2019, 12:38:01 PM »

If that hard to ignite, why do they in dirty great big red letters ' NO SMOKING ' on the superstructures  {-) , maybe they should have used napalm in bottles with a grenade as the bottle is released the pin on the grenade pulls out and aimed at the ship the bottle smashes, then when the grenade goes off, or a package of C4 dropped and then an observer detonates the package. or is that to fancyful.
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Re: HMS Prince of Wales
« Reply #54 on: December 15, 2019, 01:27:41 PM »

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If that hard to ignite, why do they in dirty great big red letters ' NO SMOKING ' on the superstructures

I would think because you get a volatile gas build up within the tank spaces and that definitely is flammable! On the open sea the gas would simply dissipate.

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Re: HMS Prince of Wales
« Reply #55 on: December 15, 2019, 04:32:41 PM »


As SailorGreg said, neither the RAF not the FAA are, or were equipped with anti-crude oil weapons.


Hindsight is, of course, the world's only exact science..... :-)
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Re: HMS Prince of Wales
« Reply #56 on: December 15, 2019, 06:56:16 PM »

I would think because you get a volatile gas build up within the tank spaces and that definitely is flammable! On the open sea the gas would simply dissipate.

Colin
Maybe a direst hi would have given the desired ignition?  :-))
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