The Enola Gay and its crew, who dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Paul Tibbets in the middle.
Shown in photo above. Standing: Lt. Jeppson, Capt. Lewis, Gen. Davies, Col. Tibbets, Maj. Ferebee, Capt. Parsons. Kneeling: S/Sgt Duzenbury, Sgt Stiborik, Maj. Van Kirk, S/Sgt Caron, Sgt Shumard, PFC Nelson. (Gen. Davies, the Commanding Officer, was not part of the flight crew.)
A replica of the Little Boy atomic bomb. Photograph of a mock-up of the Little Boy nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945. This was the first photograph of the Little Boy bomb casing to ever be released by the U.S. government (it was declassified in 1960).
The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after the dropping of Little Boy. At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the target at the base of the rising column. Six planes of the 509th Composite Group, participated in this mission; one to carry the bomb Enola Gay, one to take scientific measurements of the blast The Great Artiste, the third to take photographs Necessary Evil the others flew approximately an hour ahead to act as weather scouts, 08/06/1945. Bad weather would disqualify a target as the scientists insisted on a visual delivery, the primary target was Hiroshima, secondary was Kokura, and tertiary was Nagasaki.
The Bockscar and its crew, who dropped the “Fat Man” atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Crew C-15. front row: Staff Sgt. Dehart, Master Sgt. Kuharek, Staff Sgt. Buckley, Sgt. Gallagher, Sgt. Spizer; back row: Second Lt. Olivi, Captain Beahan, Major Sweeney, Captain Van Pelt, First Lt. Albury
A replica of the “Fat Man” atomic bomb. A picture of a mockup of the Fat Man nuclear device, from http://www.dtra.mil/press_resources/photo_library/CS/CS-2.cfm
Nagasaki, Japan, before and after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945. Adjusted version of File:Nagasaki 1945 – Before and after.jpg (rotation and scaling).
This is a victim of an atomic bomb.The energy released was powerful enough to burn through clothing and burn shadows into the ground. The dark portions of the garments this victim wore at the time of the blast were emblazoned on to the flesh as scars Original caption: “The patient’s skin is burned in a pattern corresponding to the dark portions of a kimono worn at the time of the explosion.”
Picture taken from http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/images/ww2-164.jpg
Citizens of Hiroshima walk past the A-Bomb Dome, the nearest building to have survived the city’s atomic bombing in 1945, on their way to a memorial ceremony on August 6, 2004. Photograph by Dan Smith.