Aioi Bridge at Hiroshima

Aioi Bridge at Hiroshima as it appeared before it became the aiming point of an atomic bomb in August of 1945

Aioi Bridge was picked as the "aiming point" for the Enola Gay's crew because it had a distinctive "T-shaped" appearance.  As the B-29 flew above Hiroshima, the bridge would be visible to the crew as long as the weather was good.

This image depicts the Aioi Bridge before August 6, 1945.  Curators at the Hiroshima Peace Institute tell us why the bridge had a "T" appearance:

T-shaped bridge

The bridge that had been built in 1932 as a bridge only for streetcars was extended in 1934 from its central section to Jisenji-no-hana (now the north end of Peace Memorial Park) and thus received its unique T-shape that was a rare sight in Japan.

Besides, in the very south of the bridge there were two wooden bridges on the east and west that had been built in 1878 and in the short period until they were taken down, Aioi Bridge formed an H-shape and created a special scenery.

Shima Hospital was located 300 meters from the bridge on the morning of August 6, 1945.

Click on the image for a much-better view.

Media Credits

Image online, courtesy Hiroshima Peace Institute.



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