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Nagasaki was the secondary target. Kokura was the primary target but the bomb could not be dropped even after three runs on the target due to cloud cover, smoke and haze preventing the sighting of the target by the bombardier, Kermit Beahan.

[back row (L-R)] Captain Beahan, Captain Van Pelt, Jr., First Lt. Albury, Second Lt. Olivi, Major Sweeney

Staff Sgt. Buckley, Master Sgt. Kuharek, Sgt. Gallagher, Staff Sgt. DeHart, Sgt. Spitzer


6 posted on 08/09/2008 4:16:01 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Oh dear, The Lord must have been watching over my Mother - She was an Eleven Year old young child, her hometown was Fukuoka, Japan. She remembers, still vividly and Sixty-Three Years later the flash of bright sunlight one morning, it was the second Atomic Bomb dropping of Nagasaki. Fate, brought her many years later to my Late Father, an American, who served proudly in the United States Army. My Mother still says to this day that the bomb saved alot of lives and that the Japanese would have never surrendered but to describe this event as Happy? I think the word: Happy would be appropriate when the Japanese unconditionally surrendered to General Douglas MacArthur./Just Asking - seoul62.......


16 posted on 08/09/2008 4:54:12 AM PDT by seoul62
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