“The Men Who Brought the Dawn: Lonely Flight to Destiny”
By Craig Kodera
"'Bockscar' took off at 3:45 in the morning in pitch black and returned to base at 3:00 in the afternoon.
It dropped a Fat Man nuclear weapon over the Japanese city of Nagasaki during World War II in the second and last nuclear attack in history. It was one of 15 Silverplate B-29s used by the 509th, built at the Glenn L. Martin Company Aircraft Plant at Bellevue, Nebraska at Offutt Air Force Base, and delivered to the USAAF on 19 March 1945. It was assigned to the 393d Bombardment Squadron, 509th Composite Group to Wendover Army Air Field, Utah in April 1945.
This mission brought the end of World War Two, 73 years ago this month.
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