A 'Fictual' take on the USS Liberty



Liberty after attack

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The attack -

With Halsey and Nimitz in charge

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2:00 PM

Three unmarked Mirages take out radios 1400 two Mirage aircraft 5 minutes (30mmcannon & 36 rockets)


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Three jets approach. One flies 5 or 6 miles to starboard. Everyone expects it to settle into the now familiar reconnaissance pattern. As they watch a second plane dives in from port and fires rockets at the bridge. The attack on the United States has begun.

They attack again and again with rockets and 30 mm armor-piercing shells. Blood flows so thickly over the metal floor of the pilothouse that sailors trying to transverse the deck slip and fall into the blood. The dead, dying and wounded are scattered about.

                                                                                                              2:08 PM

Three unmarked Super-Mysteres attacked with napalm and dozens of rockets two 30mm gun

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More planes come with rockets, cannon, and the dreaded napalm turning the Liberty into a floating hell. The Israelis hit everything they wanted to hit. and they had the right ordnance to do the job required:

-- heat seeking missiles to take out the tuning coils of every HF antenna

-- fragmentation bombs to take out the parabolic disks fore and aft

-- the first strafing run destroys all means of communications and all means of survival

-- the last attack is with napalm.

However, the crew was able to patch up it high-command radio-circuit antenna to send out flash messages but they discovered that all frequencies were being jammed. The jamming only stopped when the planes launched their rockets. Thus, the jamming came from the planes and could not be used while the rockets were airborne.

2:09 PM

The carrier USS Saratoga acknowledges Liberty's call for help.

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Two unmarked Mirages with rockets - canons

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Saratoga 12 Phantoms are airborn - Full Afterburners

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2:24 PM


The torpedo boats close in with their 20 mm and 40 mm machine guns blazing. Five torpedos launched

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McNamara calls Adm Halsey and orders the Phantoms recalled

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2:27  - Halsey tells the worm McNamara to ' Get f***'

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2:35 PM

At first the torpedo boats fired 3'' shells into the engineering spaces in hopes of blowing up the boilers.

After their attacks the three torpedo boats reduced speed and began firing machine guns at the waterline with the purpose in mind to sink her. On the Liberty it looked like the ship would sink so three life rafts were lowered into the water. One of the Israeli boats shot up two of them and the third was brought aboard as a war trophy.

There were to be no survivors!

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2:55 PM  -- Phantoms arrive
  • Three Jewish torpedo boats are hit with rockets
  • Tragically there were no survivors

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3:05 PM

Two large Israeli troop-carrying helicopters that circled the ship with two commando units with their mission to kill all survivors.

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3:06 PM
  • Two large jewish assualt helicopters and their crew are burning floating hulks
  • Sadly there were no survivors

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3:10 PM

Air tankers arrive on station

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The USS America 'Flying Eagles' squadron engage the Jewish Mirages

  • Sadly 4 Mirages and their crew were were lost


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3:14 PM

The USS Saratoga's - 'Top hat squadron' engage the Jewish Mysteres

  • Sadly three Mysteres and their 'Gallant' crews were lost

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3:25 PM

B-52's of the 7th airforce arrive over Israel

  • Every military installation is taken out

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3:45 PM

Halsey on his flagship the Enterprise issues the following statement.

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"I feel awful !"

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Planes return to carriers

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