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Vesuvius (Bombing Of Crater)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 17 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the larger bombs we now have available, he will arrange, at the first opportunity, for a heavy bomb to be dropped down the crater of Mount Vesuvius in order to make a practical test as to whether the disturbances created thereby will give rise to severe earthquakes and eruptions?

All possible targets for our bombing attacks are carefully considered. It would not be in the public interest to say more.

Can the Minister give an assurance to the House that Bomber Command will not drop a "Purbrick" on this mountain?