Brief 1945 09 11 (PDF)


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Vol. 2 No. 41 ……. AIRBORNE VICTORY ……. On Wednesday, August 8, 1945, before assembled newsmen at headquarters of the United States Army Strategic Air Forces on Guam, the crew of the B-29 Enola Gay told the story of the most important few minutes of the war, the few awesome minutes that followed the release of the first atomic bomb on Japan. The time was 9:30 A.M., August 6, and the city against which the harnessed power of the universe was turned was Hiroshima, with its population of 343,000. Quietly, the men of the Enola Gay described what they observed when the bomb was dropped. Brief artist Charles Overman on this week’s cover interprets the moments when “a great bubble of flame, miles across, formed above the city and catapulted itself into the stratosphere at terrific speed.”