Theodore Van Kirk, 84, is one of the surviving members of the crew of the "Enola Gay," the aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb ever to be used against humanity. In a Spiegel interview, he recalls the fateful day he and his colleagues dropped the bomb. Van Kirk: It was hard, hard work.
Sixty years ago today, Hiroshima, Japan, became the first target of an atomic bomb, with Nagasaki the second target three days later. Thus, a war that lasted four years was ended in four days. To those who decry the devastation caused by President Truman's decision to develop and detonate this awesome weapon, I remind them of the lives saved, not lost.
It was carrying a 9,pound top-secret bomb named Little Boy. Its pilot was Paul W. Tibbets Jr.
On August 6,the nuclear age began as the B bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Twelve men were on that flight. Some chose to keep a low profile and others spoke out about their place in history.
Twelve men were on that flight. Some chose to keep a low profile and others spoke out about their place in history. Almost all had something to say after the war.
Below, thousands of people were instantly carbonised in a blast that was thousands of times hotter than the sun's surface; further from the epicentre, birds ignited in mid-flight, eyeballs popped and internal organs were sucked from bodies of victims. By the end of the day an estimatedwere dead or injured and the bomb's "ghosts" walked the city - thousands of initial survivors who would die within days, often with the word mizu -water - on their lips. Many more subsequently died - and are still dying - from various cancers.
Six hours later, they changed the course of history. A single atomic bomb dropped from the Enola Gay exploded over Hiroshima, Japan. In an instant, over four square miles of the city and an estimated 90, of its inhabitants ceased to exist.
By Tariq Tahir For Mailonline. A first hand account by a pilot of the aircraft that dropped the world's first atomic bomb has emerged for sale along with his rudimentary sketch of its aftermath. Captain Robert Lewis wrote in his secret report 'my God, what have we done?