Atomic Quotations: The Crew of the Enola Gay
Today the good folks at Mental Floss have a great article featuring the famous quotations from the crew of the Enola Gay, the B-29 Bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.
From the article:
“Joe Stiborik remembered the crew sitting in stunned silence on the return flight. The only words he recollected hearing were Lewis’s “My God, what have we done.” He explained, “I was dumbfounded. Remember, nobody had ever seen what an A-bomb could do before. Here was a whole damn town nearly as big as Dallas, one minute all in good shape and the next minute disappeared and covered with fires and smoke.” “There was almost no talk I can remember on our trip back to the base. It was just too much to express in words, I guess. We were all in a kind of state of shock. I think the foremost thing in all our minds was that this thing was going to bring an end to the war and we tried to look at it that way.”
If you can ignore the fact that the entire article refers to the “nuclear” bomb and just skip ahead to the pictures and quotes, it’s well worth the read. As pointed out by another blogger, the nuclear age didn’t start until the 1950s when instead of using a fission reaction (as Atomic bombs did), scientists were able to produce hydrogen bombs which used nuclear fusion to explode.
Otherwise the article is well worth the read, with lots of great photos and quotes from the men who witnessed the event that would end the second world war (the European theater ended earlier in May, after Germans surrendered in waves from the 7th-11th).