War's End: An Eyewitness Account of America's Last Atomic Mission

Avon Books, 1997 - 290 σελίδες
On August 9, 1945, on the tiny island of Tinian in the South Pacific, a twenty-five-year-old American Army Air Corps Major named Charles W. Sweeney climbed aboard a B-29 Superfortress, in command of his first combat mission, one devised specifically to bring a long and terrible war to a necessary conclusion. In the belly of his bomber, the Bock's Car, was a newly developed, fully armed weapon that had never been tested in a combat situation - a weapon capable of a level of destruction never before dreamed of in the history of the human race...a bomb whose terrifying aftershock would ultimately determine the direction of the twentieth century and change the world forever. The last military officer to command an atomic mission, Maj. Gen. Charles W. Sweeney has the unique distinction of having been an integral part of both the Hiroshima and the Nagasaki bombing runs. His book is an extraordinary chronicle of the months of careful planning and training; the setbacks, secrecy and the snafus; the nerve-shattering final seconds and the astonishing aftermath of what is arguably the most significant single event in modern history: the employment of atomic weapons during wartime.

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Sweeney flew on a support aircraft at the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, and piloted the aircraft that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki. At one level this is a combined biography and an account of the ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

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Plainspoken reminiscences from the only man to fly both of the missions that dropped atomic bombs on Japan, bringing WW II to a close. A love of flying took Sweeney from his boyhood home in suburban ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής


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Charles W. Sweeney (1920 - 2004) Charles W. Sweeney was born in 1920. He graduated from North Quincy High School and entered the United States Air Force on April 28, 1941, as an Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet. At the time of the drop on Nagasaki, Sweeney was on assignement as Commanding Officer of the 393rd Bombardment Squadron. He was chosen as mission commander and piloted the B-29 bomber that attacked Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, three days after the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, a mission in which he flew the plane that recorded the drop. It was the first bomb Sweeney ever dropped on an enemy target and he was awarded the silver star. He was 25. Sweeney wrote a book defending the bombings and describing the event in, "War's End: An Eyewitness Account of America's Last Atomic Mission". Sweeney became a brigadier general in 1956, at the time the youngest man in the Air Force to reach that rank. He retired in 1976 with the rank of Major General. Sweeney died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston at the age of 84.

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