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1945: Briefing

The briefing for the crew is on August 4, 1500 hours. Armed military police surround the briefing hut; the crews arriving know this is a special project they’re working on, but to arrive and see their hut surrounded by MPs? Whoa. Col. Tibbets arrives to the hut after having just inspected the B-29 plane (number […]

1945: Operation Centerboard Nears

Centerboard is the code name for this operation. General Groves has secured an exception to a two-year-old military rule that no one having knowledge of future military operations may be permitted to fly over enemy territory. The rule was designed to prevent information leaks in case people were captured. We had to have [William “Deke”] […]