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One of the missionaries told me that when the American airforce dropped the Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki neither the crew of the two planes knew that they were the ones that dropped the A-Bomb. Also that there was a squadron involved and all dropped bombs so that no one would know who dropped the bomb. I am quite sure but didn't want to burst the elder's bubble but that there was only one plane dropping the bomb over the two cities, like two different planes. Who of all us are right or are we all wrong together?

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so, there wasn't a squadron of planes not knowing what they were to do except drop bombs on the two cities

With Hiroshima there were three aircraft, the Enola Gay which dropped the bomb, and another aircraft to record data relating to the explosion, and the third one was simply for escort duty.

Some of the crew knew they were dropping an experimental bomb, but with the exception of Col. Tibbets, the commander and a few other technical types, were unaware of it power and magnitude.

Nagasaki involved three planes as well, Bock's Car, the command ship, a photographic aircraft, and a instrumentation aircraft. This crew probably knew more than the first.

BTW, a squadron consists of three or four flights of four aircraft each with anywhere from 12-24 aircraft.

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With Hiroshima there were three aircraft, the Enola Gay which dropped the bomb, and another aircraft to record data relating to the explosion, and the third one was simply for escort duty.

Some of the crew knew they were dropping an experimental bomb, but with the exception of Col. Tibbets, the commander and a few other technical types, were unaware of it power and magnitude.

Nagasaki involved three planes as well, Bock's Car, the command ship, a photographic aircraft, and a instrumentation aircraft. This crew probably knew more than the first.

BTW, a squadron consists of three or four flights of four aircraft each with anywhere from 12-24 aircraft.

my family was all infantry and my uncle was in the German navy in WW2, he made it out alive though! I don't have any relatives who were airforce...

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my family was all infantry and my uncle was in the German navy in WW2, he made it out alive though! I don't have any relatives who were airforce...

I'm afraid my family was on the receiving end of the German army. I was born in Crailsheim. I believe my birth mother was Jewish.
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I'm afraid my family was on the receiving end of the German army. I was born in Crailsheim. I believe my birth mother was Jewish.

as was mine, except they fought against the Germans in both World Wars, it was my dad's family that is German and his brother was Navy and their dad, my Grandpa was in training to be in the Germany Army in WW1 but the war ended so they didn't need him anymore, funny thing is my dad said he was pro-western! My dad was born in Augsburg, in Bavaria. War is a horrible, horrible thing.

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With Hiroshima there were three aircraft, the Enola Gay which dropped the bomb, and another aircraft to record data relating to the explosion, and the third one was simply for escort duty.

Some of the crew knew they were dropping an experimental bomb, but with the exception of Col. Tibbets, the commander and a few other technical types, were unaware of it power and magnitude.

Nagasaki involved three planes as well, Bock's Car, the command ship, a photographic aircraft, and a instrumentation aircraft. This crew probably knew more than the first.

BTW, a squadron consists of three or four flights of four aircraft each with anywhere from 12-24 aircraft.

Not always. My squadron had 4 EA-6B Prowlers.

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Not always. My squadron had 4 EA-6B Prowlers.

That is probably because you flew electronic missions and there was no more than 4 a/c in the squadron. Normally a flight you guys were a squadron. BTW, I love the A-6. What a real workhorse. I'm glad they're still flying in the ECW platform.
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