Why Did the United States Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki?: At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over feet on the target at the base of the rising column.
The Enola Gay dropped the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In this photograph are five of the aircraft's ground crew with mission commander Paul Tibbets in the center. Paul Tibbet's copilot wrote, "My God, what have we done?
#TheWorldWars On Monday, August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the nuclear bomb "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima by an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, flown by Colonel Paul Tibbets, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to 90,000–140,000. The population before the bombing was around 340,000 to 350,000. Approximately 69% of the city's buildings were completely destroyed, and another 7% severely damaged.