Atomic bomb on Hiroshima (6 August 1945)

On 6 August 1945, the United States drops the first atomic bomb in history, nicknamed ‘Little Boy’, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Between 70 000 and 140 000 people are killed. Three days later, a second atomic bomb, nicknamed ‘Fat Man’, falls on the city of Nagasaki, killing between 40 000 and 80 000 people.

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Source: 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 [online]. Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. 08.06.1945. Black and White.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Series: Black and White Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessors' Activities, Facilities, and Personnel, Domestic and Foreign; Record Group 342: Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations; ARC Identifier: 542192.
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Atomic bomb on Hiroshima (6 August 1945)