Discussion in 'The Fleet Air Arm' started by scouse, Mar 29, 2013.
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Torrey Canyon bombed by Buccaneers and Sea Vixen and Hunters of the FAA
Scouse, that was yesterday. What the world does today, Liverpool does tomorrow I suppose.
Was it the RAF or Jack that managed to miss with most of their bombs or, is that just a myth?
On Tuesday 28th March 1967 the Fleet Air Arm sent Buccaneers from Lossiemouth to drop forty-two 1,000lb bombs on the wreck. This was followed by the Royal Air Force in sending Hunter jets to drop cans of aviation fuel to make the oil blaze. Seventy five per cent of the bombs were on target and both sections of the wreck were on fire.
However, exceptionally high tides had put the blaze out and it took further attacks by Sea Vixens from the Naval Air Station at Yeovilton and Buccaneers from the Naval Air Station at Brawdy as well as more RAF Hunters with napalm to ignite the oil until the wreck was free from oil.
All those petrol pigeons to set fire to one stationary tanker, makes you wonder how the U-Boats managed so well during WW2!!
Could they not get a Boat near enough to do the job properly in the first place?
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