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USA: Unseen Hiroshima military plans set for auction01:48

USA: Unseen Hiroshima military plans set for auction

United States, New York
April 14, 2015 at 13:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

New details regarding the United States' nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were revealed in New York, Monday, as hand-written schematics and notes by Enola Gay co-pilot Robert Lewis are to be sold in an auction commemorating the 70th Anniversary of WWII at New York's Bonhams later this month.

The documents reveal that the pilots came up with a "survival maneuver" that they hoped would save them from the enormous atomic shock waves, as little was known about the size of the impact prior to the missions, according to lead curator Tom Lamb.

Robert A. Lewis was the co-pilot of the 'Enola Gay', a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, that became the first aircraft to drop a nuclear bomb on August 6, 1945. The first bomb hit the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing at least 90,000. The second bomb hit Nagasaki a few days after on August 9, killing at least 39,000. The auction is set to go ahead on April 29.

USA: Unseen Hiroshima military plans set for auction01:48
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New details regarding the United States' nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were revealed in New York, Monday, as hand-written schematics and notes by Enola Gay co-pilot Robert Lewis are to be sold in an auction commemorating the 70th Anniversary of WWII at New York's Bonhams later this month.

The documents reveal that the pilots came up with a "survival maneuver" that they hoped would save them from the enormous atomic shock waves, as little was known about the size of the impact prior to the missions, according to lead curator Tom Lamb.

Robert A. Lewis was the co-pilot of the 'Enola Gay', a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, that became the first aircraft to drop a nuclear bomb on August 6, 1945. The first bomb hit the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing at least 90,000. The second bomb hit Nagasaki a few days after on August 9, killing at least 39,000. The auction is set to go ahead on April 29.

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