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A few planes in the strike force were the first Bs to lay mines in combat.

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They dropped mines in the Moesi River, the waterway to the refinery, while the other bombers dropped high explosives on the refinery complex. Allied Operations Staff Officers who planned the mission were unaware of the serious lack of cooperation between the Southeast Asia Fleet Commander and the Free French Commander of the battleship Richelieu. Before Operation Boomerang was completed, their differences neared the breaking point, and had an unsettling impact on the B aircrews. A disabled battleship, named Richelieu, was tied up at a pier only feet from the landing threshold of the base's 7, foot east-west runway.

The huge ship weighed 35, tons, and was more than feet long with a vast superstructure topped by a foot mast. The ship was moored directly astride the approach path for planes landing to the west. Its mast extended into a landing plane's glide path. Fortunately, the prevailing wind required planes to land to the east. The Richelieu did not pose a hazard to the small fighters, light bombers, and rescue aircraft stationed at the RAF base even when the surface wind forced them to land to the west down the runway from the ship.


However, the battleship would be a critical hazard to Bs if they attempted to take off to the east or land to the west. An additional hazard was presented by a large hill, topped by oil tanks, south of the Richelieu. If a pilot had to land to the west, he would make a right-hand traffic pattern, look across the cockpit, and make a blind right turn onto the cross wind leg of his pattern.

Orders from the Allied Fleet Commander to move the Richelieu before the arrival of the Bs was ignored. The Free French Commander refused to allow anyone to approach his ship, and was unmoved by the RAF Commander's explanation of the risk involved should a B have to land to the west or take off to the east. When the bomber stream from India approached the RAF base, the Pilot of the lead plane was ordered to make a right-hand traffic pattern and land to the west.

After making a few choice objections about the battleship, the Pilot complied with the order. His B crossed over the bow of the Richelieu in a steep turn so near to the ship, that the planes prop wash blasted a group of French sailors who were lounging in that area.

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They quickly scampered to safety. The right wing tip of the B almost scraped the ground as the Pilot rolled his plane out of the steep turn and lined up over the center of the runway. After holding the plane airborne to bleed off excess speed, the Pilot made a hard landing about halfway down the runway. One by one, the remaining 53 bombers made the same type approach with a variety of smooth and hard landings.

It was a miracle that every plane landed without any damage considering the hazards presented by the Richelieu and its foot mast.

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Article not in stock Article will be ordered at the manufacturer. Delivery time is 1 - 2 weeks. To cart. Questions about product wish list Please login to add products to the wish list. OutOfStock Description The "Richelieu" was a French battleship, and the lead ship of her class. She was the first French 35,ton battleship, designed to counter the Italian "Littorio" class battleships, the first modern battleships built since the Treaty of Washington.

Ordered in , she was a scaled-up version of the "Dunkerque" class battleships, featuring a main armament of eight mm guns in two quadruple turrets in forward super firing positions. Her armor and underwater protection were equal to her contemporaries, except the Japanese "Yamato" class battleships.

Her speed was surpassed only by the fastest U.

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