Briefing before first atomic bomb mission

Briefing before first atomic bomb mission

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Credit: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Colonel Paul Tibbets Jr. addressing a briefing before the dropping of the first atomic bomb, during World War II. The bomb, named Little Boy, was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, on 6th August, 1945. Tibbets piloted the aircraft "Enola Gay" that dropped the bomb. Captain William Parsons (far right) was weaponeer and mission commander. The atomic explosion, equivalent to 12,500 tonnes of TNT, destroyed the city. A second bomb was dropped over Nagasaki three days later. Over 220,000 people died in the attacks, and thousands were injured. Japan surrendered on 15th August. Also seated at the table are Brigadier General Thomas Farrell (far left), Rear Admiral William Purnell (second left) and General Carl Spaatz (third from left). Photographed in Guam, on 5th August 1945.

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