Summary of Anthony Drago & Douglas Wellman's Surviving Hiroshima

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book.

Sample Book Insights:

#1 On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber flown by Colonel Paul Tibbetts, dropped the first atomic bomb ever used in war. The three other Superfortresses named Straight Flush, Jabbit III, and Full House left one hour ahead of the Enola Gay to scout weather conditions at the designated target cities of Hiroshima, Kokura, and Nagasaki.

#2 The Enola Gay was a special version of the B-29, a Silverplate specification, which designated that it had been modified for a unique role as a nuclear weapons delivery aircraft. The atomic bomb payload, known as Little Boy, presented significant challenges for the aircraft and crew.

#3 The Enola Gay is a big aircraft, and its crew of twelve men is required to keep it safe in the air. The B-29 is among the most advanced aircraft of its era. The bomb bay cannot be pressurized, so the designers created pressurized compartments in the cockpit and tail sections of the airplane, leaving the waist unpressurized.

#4 The first leg of the mission was uneventful. The three B-29s flew to Iwo Jima, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Iwo Jima looked peaceful from nine thousand feet, but it was far from blood-soaked volcanic rock that claimed over 25,000 American and Japanese lives five months earlier.