hi god! What have we done? – The Hiroshima Bomber Experience

In the pages of history, the day of 6 August 1945 is recorded in black ink. The same day the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing millions. 130,000 Japanese men, women and children were killed in the attack. The bomb was codenamed ‘Little Boy’ and was dropped by the […]
 


hi god!  What have we done? – The Hiroshima Bomber Experience

In the pages of history, the day of 6 August 1945 is recorded in black ink. The same day the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing millions. 130,000 Japanese men, women and children were killed in the attack. The bomb was codenamed ‘Little Boy’ and was dropped by the crew of a B-29 bomber (Enola Gay). It was the first atomic bomb to be used in war after the successful US tests. Three days later, the US dropped another bomb named ‘Fat Man’ on another Japanese city, Nagasaki. 40,000 people died and Japan was forced to surrender.

A logbook sold at auction a few days ago for £450,000 (Rs 3.84 crore) recorded the horrific experience of dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the end of the second nuclear war. This log book was written by Captain Robert A. Written by Lewis who was the co-pilot of the aircraft during the mission. In the book, the captain told what happened in Hiroshima that day. He described the bombing scene as “the worst explosion ever”.

‘I won’t forget if I live 100 years’

The captain wrote, ‘How many people did we kill? To be honest, I don’t have words to describe it. hi god! What have we done? Even if I turn 100, I will never be able to get those few minutes out of my mind. The book was written with both pen and pencil. A few days ago, Heritage Auction sold it for around Rs 4 crore. Captain Lewis has recorded his real time experience in this book. This logbook is the only record of that mission that still exists.

no one knew about the destruction

Although the plane’s crew knew they were about to drop an atomic bomb, no one had any idea that it would cause devastation. The team that Captain Lewis was a part of was commanded by Team Chief Pilot Paul Tibbets. The United States developed the world’s first atomic bomb under the Manhattan Project. The US decided to use it on Japan when they were ready because the leaders of the Asian country refused to kneel.

Japan expected to surrender before landing

The Enola Gay crew dropped it on August 6 from an altitude of 1,750 feet over Hiroshima. It destroyed 70 percent of the city’s buildings and the explosion killed 70,000 people immediately, while others were killed later. He wrote, ‘I believe that the Japanese will surrender before we land because they certainly do not want us to drop more nuclear bombs like this.’

Another nuclear attack three days later

Yet the Japanese authorities did not surrender, after which the US dropped an atomic bomb on the second city of Nagasaki on August 9. The bomb was dropped from a B-29 bomber (Bockscar), the second and last nuclear attack in history. Japan finally surrendered on 15 August. Captain Lewis died of a heart attack in 1983 at the age of 65 at his home in Virginia.