Mark Pestana Art 3

Divert to Nagasaki
On August 9, 1945, the B-29 Bockscar departed from Tinian Island with the second of only two atomic bombs then available. The August 6 devastation of Hiroshima, from the bomb dropped by Enola Gay, brought no response to the demand for unconditional surrender. Bockscar’s target, the city of Kokura, obscured by clouds, caused a divert to the secondary target, Nagasaki, with enough fuel for one bombing run. A last-minute break in the clouds allowed the bombardier, Captain Kermit Beahan, to bomb visually as specified by field orders. With fuel critically low, Bockscar refueled on Okinawa before returning to Tinian.