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The USNI Proceedings article from the 80s or so
indicated napalm. Believed the jets were loaded for ground attack and diverted to Liberty.
"The Mirages left after expending their ammunition, and were replaced by a flight of two Dassault Super Mystères. The Mysteres were armed with napalm bombs, and were flown by Captain Yossi Zuk and his wingman, Yaakov Hamermish. The Mysteres released their payloads over the ship and strafed it with their cannons. Much of the ship's superstructure caught fire. The Mysteres were readying to attack again when the Israeli Navy, alerted by the absence of return fire, warned Kislev that the target could be Israeli. Kislev told the pilots not to attack if there was any doubt about identification, and the Israeli Navy quickly contacted all of its vessels in the area. The Israeli Navy found that none of its vessels were under fire, and the aircraft were cleared to attack. However, Kislev was still disturbed by a lack of return fire and requested one last attempt to identify the ship. Captain Zuk made an attempt at identification while strafing the ship. He reported seeing no flag, but saw the ship's GTR-5 marking. Kislev immediately ordered the attack stopped. Kislev guessed that the ship was American."
I was active in service when Liberty was attacked. Have read all accounts no where was it indicated Isreal dropped Napalm on Liberty what is your source for your comment? Straffing runs etc no Napalm! The Crew still has not been compensated by Israel for that attack!
The US Navy had napalm used against it in 1967 when Israel attacked the USS Liberty. A pair of Israeli Super Mysteres dropped napalm on her, setting a good portion of the superstructure on fire.
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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