Today Marks The Anniversary of Little Boy Wiping Out Hiroshima
War is a disgusting and vile circumstance of the human condition. Today is the anniversary of one of the most disgusting of all war efforts. On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber drops the world’s first atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima. The bomb kills 80,000 people and another 35,000 are injured.
President Harry S. Truman made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life if America was to invade Japan. These calculations are still a matter of much debate the world over.
Here are some facts you may not know about the atom bomb:
– There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped, only 28,000 survived the bombing.
– One of the atomic bombs was nicknamed “Little Boy”. “Little Boy” was loaded into Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets’ plane on Tinian Island.
– It took Tibbets’ only 5 1/2 hours from being loaded to drop the bomb on Hiroshima.
– The plane that dropped the first atomic bomb was named Enola Gay.
– “Little Boy” was dropped 1,900 feet over a hospital.
– Hiroshima had 200 doctors before the explosion, only 20 survived.
– There were 1,780 nurses in Hiroshima but only 150 remained after the bombing.
– The Hiroshima city government had put hundreds of schoolgirls to work clearing fire lanes in the event of a bombing, when “Little Boy” was dropped they were out in the open.
– The fires set as a result of the bombing were so vast that the crew of the Enola Gay stopped attempting to count them.
– Einstein regretted his part in the atomic bomb inception until his dying day. He counted it as one of his biggest regrets.
– Oppenheimer, a physicist who worked on the Manhatten Project, once stated “The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.”
– Herbert Hoover deplored the use of the atomic bomb. Once stating, “The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.”