Saturday, 25 March 2017

Oil tanks of Singapore well visible for air reconnaissance according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the U.S.R. dated 11 February 1937 reporting that the fact that the oil tanks of the base at Singapore without any problems could be traced and recognized by aircraft was an understandable shortcoming.

Sir Samuel Hoare (1) confirmed in the House of Commons that the oil tanks were standing on the ground but that seriously was examined of the tanks could be placed underground.

1. Samuel John Gurney Hoare 1st Viscount Templewood (24 February 1880 London, England-7 May 1959 London, England), Conservative politician, First Lord of the Admiralty 1936-1937, Home Secretary 28 May 1937-3 September 1939, but earlier Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Secretary of State for India and Secretary of State for air.