F-16 Fighting Falcon departs from Kunsan Air Base

F-16 departs Kunsan

An F-16 Fighting Falcon departs from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, to attend RED FLAG-Alaska 14-3, Aug. 12, 2014. RF-A enables joint and international partners to sharpen their combat skills by flying simulated combat sorties in a realistic threat environment. These skills are vital to maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Curry/Released)

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Aug 9, 1945: Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945

Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945

On this day in 1945, a second atom bomb is dropped on Japan by the United States, at Nagasaki, resulting finally in Japan’s unconditional surrender.

The devastation wrought at Hiroshima was not sufficient to convince the Japanese War Council to accept the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender. The United States had already planned to drop their second atom bomb, nicknamed “Fat Man,” on August 11 in the event of such recalcitrance, but bad weather expected for that day pushed the date up to August 9th. So at 1:56 a.m., a specially adapted B-29 bomber, called “Bock’s Car,” after its usual commander, Frederick Bock, took off from Tinian Island under the command of Maj. Charles W. Sweeney.

Nagasaki was a shipbuilding center, the very industry intended for destruction. The bomb was dropped at 11:02 a.m., 1,650 feet above the city. The explosion unleashed the equivalent force of 22,000 tons of TNT. The hills that surrounded the city did a better job of containing the destructive force, but the number killed is estimated at anywhere between 60,000 and 80,000 (exact figures are impossible, the blast having obliterated bodies and disintegrated records).

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