8/15/2005

TIME Magazine Archive Article -- The Men Who Dropped the Bombs -- Aug. 01, 2005

The U.S. servicemen aboard the planes that struck Hiroshima and Nagasaki knew that their missions would change the world. In their own words, four surviving crew members recount in gripping detail what they saw from above.

THEODORE (DUTCH) VAN KIRK, 84 Navigator on the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima When [Colonel Paul] Tibbetts was picked to be commanding officer [in 1944], he named me group navigator. He told me, " We're going to do something that I can't tell you about right now, but if it works, it will end or significantly shorten the war." And I thought, Oh, yeah, buddy. I've heard that before. We picked a day the weather was good. At the briefing that day, they told you who was assigned to what airplanes. We were going to drop the bomb, [Captain Charles] Sweeney was...

TIME Magazine Archive Article -- The Men Who Dropped the Bombs -- Aug. 01, 2005

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