August 4, 2012
The mushroom cloud over Nagasaki after the dropping of the second atomic bomb. This photo was taken from Chuck Lunney's B-29.
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Overhead, Charles “Chuck” Lunney was bound for Honshu, the main island of the empire, piloting his B-29 Superfortress. The mission: weather reconnaissance. Check out two targets and pick the best one. Behind him, he assumed, would be the usual pack of 500 or so bombers making the raid. But not this mission. Instead, there was only one plane, the Enola Gay.