Aug 6

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Monday, August 6, 2018 2:50 PM

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On this day 73 years ago, the world changed. Never before had a country used nuclear weapons. The decision was not an easy, but it ultimately would save American lives. In a post from 2010, a silent film was uploaded to the USNI YouTube channel about the atomic bombs. Part 1 of the film includes the loading of “Little Boy” onto the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and the early morning activities on Tinian prior to takeoff.

Part 2 contains footage of the Enola Gay landing after completing its mission over Hiroshima. It then shows the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross. It also includes preparation of the second atomic bomb, “Fat Man,” for the second mission over Japan.

Part three shows the final preparation of Fat Man. It also shows Fat Man being loaded onto the B-29 Superfortress Bock’s Car and aerial footage of the mushroom cloud over Nagasaki, Japan.