Sixty years ago today, Hiroshima, Japan, became the first target of an atomic bomb, with Nagasaki the second target three days later. Thus, a war that lasted four years was ended in four days. To those who decry the devastation caused by President Truman's decision to develop and detonate this awesome weapon, I remind them of the lives saved, not lost. I'm very proud of the fact that my uncle was not only a member of the Enola Gay that dropped "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, the first atomic bomb in history, but he was actually the bombardier. The bottom line, as my uncle said many times, was that he slept well at night knowing that he helped save more lives than he killed by bringing the war to a sudden halt.
Timeline: the countdown to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
Hiroshima: Enola Gay Pilot Had No Regrets About Dropping First Atom Bomb
Sign In. Hide Spoilers. I suspect some of the subplots in this historical film are total fiction. But they're harmless enough and add to what could have been as dull and dry as Los Alamos itself.
The Most Fearsome Sight: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
Enola Gay , the B bomber that was used by the United States on August 6, , to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima , Japan, the first time the explosive device had been used on an enemy target. The aircraft was named after the mother of pilot Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. The B also called Superfortress was a four-engine heavy bomber that was built by Boeing. In the B was selected to carry the atomic bomb, and a number of the aircraft subsequently underwent various modifications, such as reinforcements of the bomb bay.
He is best known for being the weaponeer on the Enola Gay , the aircraft which dropped the Little Boy atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in To avoid the possibility of a nuclear explosion if the aircraft crashed and burned on takeoff, he decided to arm the bomb in flight. While the aircraft was en route to Hiroshima, Parsons climbed into the cramped and dark bomb bay, and inserted the powder charge and detonator.