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The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

Hiroshima The United States bombed Hiroshima, in Japan, on 6 August 1945 with an atomic bomb. It was the first atomic bomb that had ever been dropped out of an aeroplane. The atomic bomb was the same as 20 000 tons of TNT. A B-29 bomber was used to bomb Hiroshima. The plane was called the Enola Gray. It had a crew of twelve men and the pilot of the plane was Colonel Paul Tibbets. The plane was named after his mother. The Enola Gay took off from Tinian, an island that is in the North Pacific, in the Marinas. The island was 1 500 miles south of Japan. It had to be modified to carry such a heavy load. It got new propellers and stronger engines. Two other bombers escorted the … Read entire article »

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Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid

On 18 April 1942, the USA attacked Japan. This was sixteen months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour during world war 2 The small raid was led by Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle. Doolittle gathered up some volunteer pilots and then these pilots went through tough training and their planes were modified. Their plan was to take sixteen B-25 bombers on the aircraft carrier called the Hornet to go and bomb Japan. The men who were flying the planes had never launched a bomber off an aircraft carrier before and neither had anyone else because the planes were too big and heavy, and the aircraft carrier runways were too short. Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle did a good job of training these men. There were five men in each plane. They were … Read entire article »

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