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The article contains graphic images and details some people may find upsetting. The recorded death tolls are estimates, but it is thought that about , of Hiroshima's , population were killed in the blast, and that at least 74, people died in Nagasaki. The nuclear radiation released by the bombs caused thousands more people to die from radiation sickness in the weeks, months and years that followed. Those who survived the bombings are known as "hibakusha".

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After years of being arrested for petty crimes, he became a high-profile antinuclear activist. The B bomber banked hard to avoid the blast. More than one noted a strange metallic taste in his mouth. Looking down, they saw the fireball unfurling. The American airmen who flew the mission to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. The atomic bomb was the most ferociously deadly weapon ever created by human ingenuity — a technology that multiplied the power of these few men and planes to a degree out of all comprehensible scale. In Hiroshima alone, some 70, people were killed instantly — a horrific deed fit for gods or monsters — but overhead in their plane the airmen were normal men in human bodies, no more able than anyone else to fully comprehend or bear responsibility for the mission they had been chosen to execute.

The Enola Gay's History Lives On

The Enola Gay is a B Superfortress, which pilot Paul Tibbets named after his mother, and which had been stripped of everything but the necessities, so as to be thousands of pounds lighter than an ordinary plane of that make. In , it was given an important task. When the bomb left the airplane, the plane jumped because you released 10, lbs. We lost 2, ft. Then it exploded.
The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Georgia aged Theodore Van Kirk, also known as "Dutch", was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the bomb. The attack on Japan on 6 August killed an estimated , people. Van Kirk said he had "no regrets" about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to end the Second World War.