The bombing of Hiroshima

By Mason Bailey

When?

On August 6th, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. At around 8:15 in the morning, the massive weapon of destruction hit the ground and left devastating aftermath that can even be seen today, almost 70 years later.

Where?

The location of the bomb was very disputed, but the final decision was made to drop it on Hiroshima, a very strong city occupied by the Japanese. it exploded over a train station in the middle of the city, destroying over 80 percent of the city.

Images of the aftermath

What?

The bomb was codenamed "Little Boy". It was delivered by a large B-29 bomber named the "Enola Gay", after the pilots mother. The bomb was about 15 feet long, 28 inches wide, and weighed over 9,000 pounds. It was made out of Uranium-235, which caused a chain reaction that lead to an explosion.

Why?

Japan had been given many chances to surrender, but did not want to for honorable reasons. American leaders started to plan an invasion on the Japanese that would have ended in many casualties on both sides. The bomb was dropped to stop that invasion, and even though it killed many people, more would have died in battle.

Who?

Harry S. Truman was President of the United States at the time, and he was the man who ordered the bomb to be dropped. Only a few people knew of the bomb, including some of the flight members of the Enola Gay and some important military leaders. Many people were killed, and the survivors after the bomb felt the horrible side effects such as cancer, burns and birth defects in their children