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Evacuation plan for downtown Ratchaburi during disposal of WWII bombs

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Evacuation plan for downtown Ratchaburi during disposal of WWII bombs

 

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(Photo) Public Relations Department, Ratchaburi province

 

People living in the “danger zone”, soon to be declared in Thailand’s central province of Ratchaburi, will be evacuated to facilitate the disposal of seven World War Two bombs, which were recently discovered during the construction of the first stage of the Nakhon Pathom-Chumporn railway.

 

State Railway of Thailand (SRT) acting governor Woravuth Mala said yesterday that the bombs, which were dropped by the allies during the Second World War, were found embedded in the Ratchaburi River in downtown Ratchaburi. Meanwhile, another one was found near Khao Tao-Wang Pong railway station in Pran Buri district of the southern province of Prachuab Khiri Khan.

 

He said that the seven bombs found in the river are thought to weigh 1,000 pounds or 400 kg each and that their detonation by bomb disposal teams could pose a threat to people living within a two-kilometre radius.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/evacuation-plan-for-downtown-ratchaburi-during-disposal-of-wwii-bombs/

 

 

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UnDelivered Mail not claimed within 7 days can be marked Return to Sender!

 

 

 

but this would make for great  on-the-job re-qualification Ordinance training for some Navy Seals

 

 

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The road going into the main part of town is to the left of that bridge.  I hope they inform folks in advance.  I go that way to get into town.

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You will know when you hear the big bang

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I think they are meeting on Friday to set a date for the detonation of the 7 UXB's .

They have German experts coming in as they have a method of detonating under the water.

There will be a 2 klm exclusion zone on the day it happens .

That means the Army barracks and old town Ratchaburi market .

 

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The 'find' was reported months ago and I wondered what the outcome was.

 

More likely these will be 500 pound HE bombs dropped too low during the attack and failed to arm fully.

 

He suggested that the bombs in the river would not be brought onto land for disposal, but would be destroyed where they were found, probably with powerful water jets.

 

Surely Chinese submarines would be more effective?

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The secondary part of this bridge story, is the Japanese C56 steam locomotive also submerged there, in the river as a result of the bombing, and located intact by divers in 2005

 

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The raids targeted Chulalongkorn Bridge over the Mae Klong River, which would allow Japanese troops’ passage to Burma. The bridge was struck and destroyed in February 1942.

Yu Klanked, 99, told reporters he was one of the local men the Japanese recruited to help repair the bridge. 
The first attempt failed, causing a locomotive to fall into the river. 
The Japanese officer in charge of the repair then showed his responsibility by committing seppuku, or self-disembowelment, Yu said. 
His body was buried at a local temple.

 

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38 minutes ago, gomangosteen said:

The secondary part of this bridge story, is the Japanese C56 steam locomotive also submerged there, in the river as a result of the bombing, and located intact by divers in 2005

 

 

And the death of many POWs

 

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They have just decided to defuse the UXB's next year. Way to go boys . Don't hang about. 

But if they have been there for 75 + years , what's a few more months.

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