S03 E29 A Unique Survivor

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By Jim Fugate. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

August 7, 1945, began as such a pleasant day, in spite of the state of the world at that time. Tutsumo Yamaguachi remembers the sound of a single aircraft circling above the city. This was a common occurrence, so he gave it little notice.

Then, just a few seconds after 8:15 AM he was knocked off his feet. There was a blinding flash of intense light, followed by a sound so earsplittingly violent it felt as if the world was falling apart.

He said, “I didn’t know what had happened. I think I fainted for a while. When I opened my eyes, everything was dark, and I couldn’t see much.”

The first nuclear bomb had just been dropped by a B29 called the Enola Gay. The detitanation occurred 580 meters above the ground, and the city of Hiroshima was left completely devastated.
Unfortunately for him, this was going to be a nightmare that repeated itself one more time, in less than 3 days.

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