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1945: Test Flights to the Empire from Tinian

B-29 flight Crews at Tinian Island have been conducting practice flying and bombing runs over “the Empire,” their term for mainland Japan. The first was July 20, second July 24, third one was July 26. Today, July 29 is the fourth run. (They’ve flown on other missions over Japanese territories that lie between Tinian and […]

1945: Comrade, what can you tell us of Uranium?

A cable from Moscow to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, Canada asks Colonel Zabotin (head of military intelligence there) to get whatever information he can about the status of uranium from Alan Nunn May, before Nunn May returns home to England. Originally from Cambridge, England, Nunn May is currently located in Canada to build a […]

1945: From Tokyo to Moscow and then Potsdam

In Potsdam, the new British Prime Minister, Clement Atlee, and his Foreign Minister, Ernest Bevin, arrive back from England in the early evening of Saturday the 28th of July. They pay informal courtesy calls upon Stalin and then Truman, who each size up the new British Prime Minister. Later that night, the Heads of State […]

1945: NY Times on Japan on Ultimatum

The headline in the New York Times carries news from the Japanese press conference: Japan Officialy Turns Down Allied Surrender Ultimatum Strange 60-years-on perspective: This story is printed at the same time (or maybe off by half a day, or a whole day) as the story of a plane that flies into the tallest building […]

1945: Plane flies into Empire State Building

Army Air Corps Bomber flies into Empire State Building, hitting between the 78th and 79th floors. 14 dead. $1 million damage. Here’s a more extensive write-up.

1945: Bomb cargo planes arrive and depart

The Cargo planes carrying the U-235 cargo arrive at Tinian. In New Mexico, three B-29s depart Kirtland air base in Albuquerque with high explosives for the Fat Man bomb.