What were the third plane over Hiroshima?

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What were the third plane over Hiroshima?

Post by Douglas Jr. » 09 Aug 2004 02:33

Hi,

During the mission to drop the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, on August 6th, 1945, the famous B-29 "Enola Gay" flew in formation together with other two B-29s, one carrying the camera that film the bombing and another with research and cientifical equipments.

One was called "the Great Artist", but what was the name of the third B-29???

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Post by tigersqn » 09 Aug 2004 04:14

#44-27291 piloted by Captain George W Marquardt.

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No name?

Post by Douglas Jr. » 09 Aug 2004 21:33

Thanks Tiger!

But it hadn´t any name?

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Post by tigersqn » 09 Aug 2004 22:51

Sorry. The info I have just gives the number and pilot. :(

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Post by Sewer King » 10 Aug 2004 05:12

Confirmed, the third A/C over Hiroshima was unnamed. It was number Victor 91, and she carried one of the four scientific observers. The other three were on board The Great Artiste (e at the end is correct).

Enola Gay was Victor 82 and The Great Artiste, Victor 89.

Look up Rain of Ruin: A Photographic History of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger (Brassey's, 1995). This is a good and fairly detailed pictorial history of the preparations, the missions themselves, the postwar bombing surveys, and the historical aftermath. Also, it's fairly easy to find.

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Thanks

Post by Douglas Jr. » 10 Aug 2004 14:29

Tiger and Sewer,

Many thanks for the information!

Regards,

Douglas.

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Post by red devil » 10 Dec 2004 16:39

One of the observers was Group Captain Leonard Cheshire RAF

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Post by Englander » 11 Dec 2004 15:24

......Who was on the Nagasaki bomb drop.

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Post by Windward » 11 Dec 2004 16:56

Sewer King wrote:Confirmed, the third A/C over Hiroshima was unnamed. It was number Victor 91, and she carried one of the four scientific observers. The other three were on board The Great Artiste (e at the end is correct).
And it was named "Necessary Evil" after Hiroshima task,

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"Necessary Evil" was designated as one of the 7 planes taking part in the Hiroshima mission. Its role was to carry the scientific observer team and photographic equipment and was one of the three B29s of the primary strike force. Piloted by George Marquardt, it departed Tinian Island at approximately 2:50 on the morning of August 6, 1945.
from
http://www.childrenofthemanhattanprojec ... GPG_02.htm
http://www.childrenofthemanhattanprojec ... ICC_PG.htm

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