Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay, left the island of Tinian for Hiroshima, Japan. This mission was piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets. Hiroshima was chosen as the primary target since it had remained largely untouched by the bombing raids and the bomb's effects could be clearly measured.

The U-235 gun-type bomb, named Little Boy, exploded at 8:16:02 a.m. In an instant 80,000 to 140,000 people were killed and 100,000 more were seriously injured.


Mushroom Cloud
Mushroom Cloud

The mushroom cloud rising over Hiroshima, Japan.

Mushroom Cloud
Cloud from fires

The smoke cloud rising over Hiroshima, Japan.

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Hiroshima - Before and After

Aerial photographs show ground zero before and after the atomic bombing.

Atomic Bomb Dome
Atomic Bomb Dome

The ruins around the Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome.

Atomic Bomb Dome
Atomic Bomb Dome

The ruins around the Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome.

Survivors
Survivors

Survivors of the atomic attack on Hiroshima.

Atomic Bomb Dome
Atomic Bomb Dome

The view here is looking west-northwest, about 550 feet from where the bomb landed.

Gas Company
Hiroshima Gas Company Building

The ruins of the Hiroshima Gas Company Building (800 feet from the hypocenter).

Gas Company
Atomic Bomb Damage

The ruins of the Hiroshima.

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Atomic Bomb Damage

The ruins of the Hiroshima.

Gas Company
First Bank Hiroshima Branch

The view from atop the First Bank Hiroshima Branch building.

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Atomic Bomb Damage

The ruins of the Hiroshima.

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Hiroshima Gas Company Building

The ruins of the Hiroshima Gas Company Building.

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Atomic Bomb Damage

The ruins of the Hiroshima.

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Hondori district

The ruins of the shopping district of Hondori

Financial District
Financial District

View of the bank district, east of Shima Hospital.

Red Cross Building
Red Cross Building

This building was very close to the hypocenter.

Shadows on a bridge
Aerial Photograph of the Damage

The T-shaped Aioi Bridge, the aim point for the Enola Gay..

Shadows on a bridge
Shadows on a bridge

The shadow of the parapets are imprinted on the surface of the bridge.

Shadows on a bridge
Shadows on a bridge

The shadow of the parapets are imprinted on the surface of the bridge.