Hiroshima - Explosion Seen From the Air

Aerial view of the impact of the atomic bomb explosion over Hiroshima

The atomic bomb, which was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, was code-named “Little Boy” and had not been previously tested (except for its plutonium core).  This image depicts smoke 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, after the Enola Gay’s crew released the bomb.

Maintained at the U.S. National Archives, this picture has the following description:

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. Two planes of the 509th Composite Group, part of the 313th Wing of the 20th Air Force, participated in this mission, one to carry the bomb, the other to act as escort.   08/06/1945

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.  ARC Identifier 542192




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