The President rejected a demonstration of the atomic bomb to the Japanese leadership. The failure to drop Fat Man at the precise bomb aim point caused the atomic blast to be confined to the Urakami Valley.
Frederick Ashworth, the plane's weaponeer proposed bombing Nagasaki using radar. Give me water! The base is black and is breaking a little way down from the mushroom.
We had been told not to fly through the atomic cloud because it was extremely dangerous to the crew and aircraft.
In Hiroshima the air raid sirens had sounded twice that morning already. Its use was calculated to indicate that the United States had an endless supply of the new weapon for use against Japan and that the United States would continue to drop atomic bombs on Japan until the country surrendered unconditionally.
The blast would create effective damage. Tibbets announced to his specially trained crew that they carried the world's first atomic bomb and that their target was Hiroshima. Instantly, 70, Japanese citizens were vaporized. No one spoke for a moment; then everyone was talking.
America had the bomb.