Enola Gay and Hiroshima mission, 1945. The aircraft is at North Field, an airfield on Tinian in the Mariana Islands, where preparations took place for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This airfield was where US B-29 bombers took off from on their missions to drop the atomic bombs 'Little Boy' and 'Fat Man' on the two Japanese cities. The bombings took place on 6 and 9 August 1945, devastating the cities and killing hundreds of thousands, leading to a swift end to World War II. Enola Gay was the aircraft used to deliver 'Little Boy', returning to its North Field base later that day. Deployment of the US Air Force's 509th Composite Group to Tinian began in May 1945, with the bombs arriving on the island in late July and early August. Here, the Enola Gay is being towed and guarded by military police.
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