|Hiroshima scene six miles and a few minutes following the detonation|
|Col. Paul Tibbets, pilot and commander, waves from the cockpit of the Enola Gay prior to takeoff to Hiroshima|
On August 6, 1945, forty-three seconds after releasing the bomb nicknamed "Little Boy," Tibbets was alerted to the blast by radioactivity tingling in his teeth and the metallic taste from electrolysis on his tongue. Ten and a half miles away, tens of thousands had already vanished. For a three minute assessment of the event by Col. Paul Tibbets, visit this history.com link.
The last surviving Enola Gay crew member - Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk - died at his home in Stone Mountain, Georgia, in 2014. It's one more indication that our greatest generation as an eyewitness to history is itself rapidly moving into history.
Ground photo, gizmodo.com.au
Enola Gay photo, National Archives and Records Service
title quote, Theodore Van Kirk interview, rt.com,