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Re: Napalm - USN use?
I have never read of napalm being used in an anti-ship role; it was dropped by USN/USMC aircraft in an anti-personnel role quite frequently, including against shore based AA emplacements.
I am uncertain about its deployment from CVs, but I can't imagine it being used on a CV strike due to the inherent dangers associated with a bad launch. Given the losses of 1942, mostly due to failure of damage control doctrine (learned the very hard way), I would think BuShips would vehemently oppose its storage (in mixed form) on a CV.
Does anyone know if napalm was used by the USN in the AA suppression role in 1944-45? Given that it was available in the Pacific, I would have thought it would have been ideal for targets such as the Yamato.
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