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August 9, 2004

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb :: +59 Years

On August 9, only three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, (see my Aug 6, 2004 entry) another B-29, Bock's Car, left Tinian at 3:49 a.m. The first choice target for this bombing run had been Kokura. Since the haze over Kokura [on the Japanese island of Kyushu] prevented the sighting of the bombing target, Bock's Car continued on to its second target. At 11:02 a.m., the atomic bomb, "Fat Man," was dropped over Nagasaki. The atomic bomb exploded 1,650 feet above the city.

Source: About.com's History on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 1945

The pumpkin field in front of the house was blown clean. Nothing was left of the whole thick crop, except that in place of the pumpkins there was a woman's head. I looked at the face to see if I knew her. It was a woman of about forty. She must have been from another part of town - I had never seen her around here. A gold tooth gleamed in the wide-open mouth. A handful of singed hair hung down from the left temple over her cheek, dangling in her mouth. Her eyelids were drawn up, showing black holes where the eyes had been burned out. . . . She had probably looked square into the flash and gotten her eyeballs burned.
---Fujie Urata Matsumoto, a Nagasaki survivor

Source: About.com's History on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 1945

Posted by niganit at August 9, 2004 7:42 AM
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