The Fat Man on transport carriage, Tinian Island, 1945. "Fat Man" was the codename for the type of atomic bomb that was detonated over the Japanese city of Nagasaki by the United States on 9 August 1945. It was dropped from the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bockscar, named after Captain Frederick C. Bock. The Fat Man mission was piloted by Major Charles W. Sweeney.
Tinian Island Pass, 1945. Tinian Island Pass issued by the War Department, U.S Engineer Office, to Cyril Stanley Smith. [Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were assembled on Tinian] military passes War Department United States, 1945. (Photo by Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL/Getty Images)
The USS Indianapolis CA-35 sinking, resulting in what is considered by many the worst shark attack of all time. In the early morning hours of July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis, just 4 days after it delivered the first combat-ready atomic bomb to the US air base at Tinian Island in the Pacific, was fatally struck by torpedoes from Japanese subs. Within minutes, some 900 of the 1,196 men on board were in the shark infested waters, equipped only with life jackets. Few life rafts were…
Battle of Tinian, July 24, 1944 - August 1, 1944. World War II Photograph: From a Coast Guard-manned landing craft, American invaders wade through a golden, shallow surf to hit the beach of Tinian Island near Guam in the Marianas. In this striking sunrise silhouette, units of a mighty task force stand on the horizon -- Navy warships, transports and LSTs. In closer, smaller invasion craft are halted by shallow water about 100 yards off shore.
In the early morning darkness of August 6, 1945 the B-29 "Enola Gay" piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets lifted off the runway at Tinian Island and flew into history. Approximately four hours into the flight, Col. Tibbets announced to his specially trained crew that they carried the world's first atomic bomb and that their target was Hiroshima.
Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets waves to the ground crew on August 6, 1945 as he pilots the B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” on its last bomb run. He flew from Tinian Island in the Pacific to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan that help end World War II a few days later