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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

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And I always thought it was 'Little Boy'...!

Thank you Mr. Duff,

As I indicated, "it had been awhile since..." actually in one of those pre-internet things called a report of some sort. I recall that I was in my 20's and since that admittedly was sometime ago, perhaps my "CRS" has affected me more severely than I've realized.

I admit, all I clearly recall reading had something to do with, "winds at altitude." But you've performed, as one might've heard, were one on a parade ground with especially shiny boots, "outstanding."

I always seem to have thought the two were Little Boy and Fat Man. Are you sure this is right, David?

Thanks, Julia and Tim, please note correction up above.

Sadly, I can't claim any historical bent here. Merely the words to OMD's 'Enola Gay':

"Enola gay, is mother proud of little boy today
Aha this kiss you give, its never ever gonna fade away"

My father new exactly where he was dropping the bomb. He used the stadium as a basepoint as an offset to target the Abomb on the industrial site. Having flown B17 missions from the start in Europe, his was trained in the strategic bombing mindset of targeting warmaking capability..Mitsubishi Ordnance Works. Every bomb has collateral damage as a bombadier... this new weapon obviously makes collateral damage a huge understatement in tactical terms.

Welcome to D&N, Col., and I deliberately placed inverted commas round the word 'mistake' to indicate that your father knew precisely what he was doing. My source was Bergamini's book "Japan's Imperial Conspiracy", pp. 53/4, and as I understand it, he actually interviewed your father by telephone. Irrespective of this very slight controversy, the people of Kokura owe your father, and his fellow crewmen, some gratitude because if he had dropped it on that city the likely casualties would have exceeded 300,000.

In fact, the world owes your father and his crewmen a debt because their actions brought the war to a premature end and thus forestalled what could have been slaughter on a scale that would have put Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the shade.

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