“The Atomic Bomb” “It seems to be the most terrible thing ever discovered, but I can be made the most useful…” Harry Truman said this in regard to the atomic bomb. Truman came to the conclusion of using the bomb in terms of shortening the war. He gave Japan a chance to surrender, but they declined so he proceeded with the plan to drop the bomb. An American B-29 Bomber flew north from Tinian Island in the Marianas toward Japan at 2:45 in the morning of August 6, 1945. Just three and a half hours later, over the City of Hiroshima, the Enola Gay dropped an atomic weapon-the first ever used of its type, weighing in at 8,900 pounds. The bomb, “Little Boy” was dropped at about two thousand feet and within little time destroyed 90% of the city. Because of the lack of warning the explosion came as an almost complete surprise. General Carl Spaatz chose to drop the bomb on Hiroshima based on three factors: Hiroshima was a very industrial city, had a military base, and not hey been bombed, making it a good target to display the structure power of the US’s new super bomb. Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets was the pilot of the Enola Gay. Shortly after the releas
" He says that the Japanese began the war from air at Pearl Harbor. A survey taken believes the dead at Hiroshima has to have been between 70,000 and 80,000, with an equal number injured. By four o"tmclock on August 14th Japan had accepted unconditional surrender thus ending the war. Then he turned away to write in his journal. Lewis said he could taste atomic fission. Flash burns ranged from 20 to 30 percent, other injuries ranged from 50 to 60 percent, and radiation sickness ranged from 15 to 20 percent. Truman released a State of House letter stating, "The battle of the laboratories held fateful risk for us as well as the battles of the air, land and sea, and we have now won the battle of the Laboratories as we have won the other battles. The most striking result was the great number of casualties. Japan failed to comply, however and the plan was put in motion to drop a second bomb. The city was hidden by that awful cloud"boiling up, mushrooming. "Look at that! Look at that! Look at that! Exclaimed the co-pilot, Robert Lewis while pounding on Tibbets"tm shoulder. But because Kokura had heavy cloud cover, the second choice city was Nagasaki. " The head and the light generated by the Little Boy were far stronger than bombs which they had seen before. The second bomb was called, "Fat Man" and was to be dropped over the city of Kokura.
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Pearl Harbor, Little Boy, Harry Truman, Robert Lewis, Carl Spaatz, Chicago Sun-Times, Gay Shortly, Little Boy,
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