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31 Photos Of Final Preparations For Hiroshima And Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

These declassified photos reveal the preparations leading up to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6th and 9th of 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on the two cities.

Here are the previously unseen pictures of the final preparations:

Soldiers checking the casings of the "Fat Man" atomic bomb

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Geophysicist Francis Birch (left) marks "Little Boy" L-11 as Norman Ramsey, who would later win the Nobel Prize in Physics, looks on. This is the actual atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

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Final bomb assembly

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Fat Man nearly assembled and ready to be placed inside its casing.

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A technician puts putty to the forward polar plate of "Fat Man."

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Sealant is applied using a spray gun.

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A frame taken from a colored movie, showing the color of the device and sealant/putty.

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Workers and soldiers sign their names and write messages on the "Fat Man."

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A closer look.

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“A Second Kiss for Hirohito!” signed by Rear Admiral W.R. Purnell, USN on the side of the "Fat Man".

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Fully-assembled "Fat Man" loaded onto a transport trailer.

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The bomb being transported to the airfield, under cover with an escort.

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A bomb pit on the airfield.

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The bomb pits, measuring roughly 8 feet by 12 feet, still exist today.

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Soldiers ready for the preliminary pit alignment.

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The bomb's alignment was checked over very carefully by eye and hand.

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They made sure everything's in place while the MPs kept watch.

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With the use of a hydraulic lift, they lowered the bomb and its trailer into the pit.

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Workers check "Little Boy" for the very last time. Still covered with tarp for security reasons.

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Now the aircraft Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, is backed up slowly over the pit.

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The cover is removed and the bomb is prepared for loading.

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"Little Boy" is raised using a hydraulic lift and gets loaded into the belly of Enola Gay.

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After the bomb is secured inside the plane, all connections and equipment are re-checked.

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From there, "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" were flown over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, and dropped World War II ended shortly afterwards.

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H/T: Atchuup

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