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1945: Still no rescue

Wednesday, August 1. The Philippine Sea where the Indianapolis was sunk. Another day of blinding sun. Another day of no rescue. The sharks return, circling the kapok and human floatilla. They dart in. The men—who’ve been floating in the water for two days and one night—are weakened. They panic. Men in the grip of group […]

1945: Tibbets to Crew: Now we wait

Colonel Tibbets, in command of the air force wing that will deliver and drop the bomb on Japan, calls a meeting for his crew. Closed doors. Flight crews and section chiefs only. He tells the assembled crew: You’re on alert. As soon as weather permits, we’ll be delivering the first of the special “gimmick” weapons. […]

1945: Japan’s weather

Typhoon approaches Japan. Cloudcover makes visual bombing impossible. So the special mission waits for the storm to pass.