August 6th – Seventy-Three Years Ago

On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima. Three days later, August 9, 1945, the Bockscar would drop Fat Man on Nagasaki

I find it worthwhile contemplating that 73 years is less than the span of many humans. It may be history, but it’s not ancient history. In fact, you can go touch the planes that dropped the bombs. 

Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”

Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”

Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”

Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”

I don’t know how many people today even think — or understand — how small those bombs were relative to current nuclear weapons.

Even so, it might be of interest reading some first-hand accounts. (HERE for Hiroshima)

There’s more, of course; for instance:

It’s difficult imagining the horrors of war so far removed from us. It’s easy to forget some people have lived and today live experiencing war first hand and as a way of life. 

Even looking at the photos of these planes — let alone stand in front of them and being able to touch them — seems surreal.

Especially surreal is looking at the cartoonish depiction of the bombing. Before anyone passes judgment, remember it was a time of war. 

That said, one can perhaps understand how people can cheer and rejoice the destruction of other human beings if one cares to watch videos of actual modern era encounters (we’ve been at war since 2001 — I often think people forget or, at best, see it as an abstraction). The videos are readily found and available on YouTube. 

Just a few more links . . .

Additional reading:

There is more, but perhaps one thing that might be worth exploring is the following.

If interested, these sites give you an estimated radius of destruction (or boundary for safety) based on the yield of a nuclear weapon for your location. It also matters how high (altitude) the weapon is when it detonates. You can pick a location and other variables.

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7 Responses to August 6th – Seventy-Three Years Ago

  1. Pied Type says:

    “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” was one of the books I read as a kid. Never occurred to me that the Enola Gay was still around, then or now. Wow! I can’t imagine seeing it in person. What a huge piece of history. And that nukemap thing is fascinating.

    (Hey, watch out for hurricanes.)


    • disperser says:

      It used to be at the museum at the Mall but it was in pieces. You could just see the front of it. The display itself was a bit controversial because it was critical of the bombing. Not just critical, condemning.

      The current display doesn’t have as much of a writeup.

      As for the hurricane, it’ll pass well south of us. We might get rain and wind but hopefully not much more.

      Still, we’re prepared . . . We sold all our stuff a few years ago.


  2. macquie says:

    I have never seen thse two B-29s in such a impeccable photographs. I generally like seeing photos of (or real) airplanes but these two certainly made me emerge very mixed and bitter feeling. Thank you very much for sharing loads source of historic documents and journals. Not sure if you have visited Japan, but if you have not and will be, please stop by Hiroshima too. :-)


  3. Powerful words, images, and history fill this post.
    Great post, Emilio!


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