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40s Boeing B-29-35-MO (Superfortress Enola Gay)

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This is the ACUTAL aircraft that, on August 6, 1945, dropped the first atomic bomb, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
While many people objected to the use of a City Killer bomb, it should be noted that it certainly saved more Japanese lives than it killed, by ending the war and eliminating the necessity of an invasion, (which would have resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of Japanese soldiers and civilians).
Also, earlier that year, the allied air forces attacked the city of Dresden, Germany on February 13-15th, dropping over 3,900 tons of bombs, destroying 88% of the 28,000 houses, killing from 35,000 to 135,000. The bombing of Hiroshima killed about 100,000.

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Dresden Fire Bombing

Hiroshima Atomic Bombing

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