ARGENTINE’s AVIATION NAVAL Force at Nahuel Huapi – January 1930
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Subject : FW : ENC : Naval Aviation in the Nahuel Huapi :
1930 – –
Seaplanes at Cordillera –
Date: Tue , 2 Dec 2014 10:54:37 +0000
|The Naval Aviation in the NahuelHuapi : Seaplanes at Cordillera –|
On January 30, 1930 they acuatizaron on Lake Nahuel Huapi 2 seaplanes Fairey III, registered AP-1 and AP-2 under Lieutenant ASautu Riestra and Chief Petty Officer Valentin Feilberg , accompanied by mechanical Petty Officer Molina, Cape Pérez and photographer Jaime Mut, from Naval Aviation Base of Puerto Belgrano.
Had previously reached by land Lieutenant Junior Grade F. Bachini and Mechanical Warrant Officer José Luis Pefaure . Looking for a suitable place for the operation of seaplanes and finally dock at Puerto Handkerchief, which by then was a separate island peninsulaLlao Llao .
Are set nearby wood Otto Rothlisberger , who hosts and facilitates a boat, also working the rangers Carrizo.
Flights over the mountain range, in particular the steps are performed Puyehue and Hua-Hum , ditching in the lake Lácar , near San Martin de los Andes. In this place, as it can not be otherwise, the crew landed in horses legs neighbors. This aerial presence was valuable to discourage certain Chilean projects already had a dangerously advanced preparation.
The Story Behind the news
It was President of Germany, Marshal Hindenburg who did get to his Argentine counterpart Hipólito Yrigoyen in 1930 a serious confidential information. Perhaps as a sign of appreciation for the Argentina neutrality during World War II.
Hindenburg informed him that the German intelligence service had evidence of a plan “flash flood” to the Patagonia by Chile. The serious surprise attack on Neuquén Zapala to continue heading to Bahia Blanca, while another front would move to Comodoro Rivadavia.
That Argentine territory had little garrisons, unable to reject an aerial eruption that could bomb the dry docks of Puerto Belgrano orphaning of keeping our warships. The plan was dangerously perfect.
President Yrigoyen summoned the Inspector General of the Army, General Severo Toranzo , and between planned and thwart the threat. He had to plan countermeasures Aviation fast and elected Fairey III, biplane naval patrol, I could use wheels or pontoons, cruising speed 210 km / h and 3 crew.
It could be equipped with machine guns and 250 kg bombs. The squadron Fairey operated in the then Naval Aviation Base of Puerto Belgrano. The same president himself appointed the young Lieutenant Junior Grade Naval aviator Alberto Sautu Riestra, renowned for his courage and professional skill. He commissioned a specific mission: to inspect and photograph the mountain passes, documenting the presence of the Chilean army.
Two patrol Fairey III with floats, the AP-1 and AP-2, with 6 men crew and 2 more were ahead by land took off bound to Nahuel Huapi on January 30, 1930.
Established in Puerto Handkerchief, relatively close to the Chilean fittings Temuco, Puerto Montt and Aisen and our most exposed places: the stretch Zapala – Neuquén to oil Plaza Huincul and bridge at the confluence of Neuquén and Limay River. Sautu Riestra staked all his cunning. I knew crossing the ridge, almost straight west, is Puerto Montt with his then powerful air base. He also knew that the bedrooms of the Chilean pilots were far from the track.
He calculated that between the time that Chilean guards discovered the Fairey and pilots were running your engines, have time to recognize, photograph and disappear. To ensure the maneuver, he chose a Sunday morning, when the pilots surely should have the heaviest dream. As its colony in Puerto scarf had been publicized by newspapers, thought the Chilean squad after his raid, try to achieve in that direction, so we went to another lake.
There he was able to conceal their machines through the trees from the coast. Shortly after moving to the Chilean heard that sought squad. They did not move for two days but after repeated the maneuver with steps further north to El Tromen .
Photographer Jaime Mut completed a collection of vertical and oblique photographs that documented the powerful concentration of Chilean forces ready to attack.Argentina ordered a rapid containment operation. The element of surprise was lost and with it the key to victory.
The then Air Arm Sea Fleet arrived on time and averted the danger.
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