Tuesday, August 09, 2005

& four days later. Fukuoka? Okayama? Kobe?

"Unknown to anyone else, there was a third one. See, the first bomb went off and they didn't hear anything out of the Japanese for two or three days. The second one was dropped and again they were silent for another couple of days. Then I got a phone call from General Curtis LeMay. He said: "You got another one of those damn things?" I said: "Yes, sir." He said: "Where is it?" I said: "Over in Utah." He said: "Get it out here. You and your crew are going to fly it." I sent word back and the crew loaded it on an aeroplane and we headed back to bring it out to Tinian, and when they got it to the California debarkation point, the war was over."
Paul Tibbets, from his interview with Studs Terkel

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