American officer commanded 393rd Heavy Bombardment Sqdn, 509th Composite Group, US Army Air Force in US and Pacific, 1945 including dropping atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, 9/8/1945
REEL 1 Recollections of commanding 393rd Heavy Bombardment Sqdn, 509th Composite Group, US Army Air Force in US and Pacific, 1945 including dropping atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, 9/8/1945: formation of 509th Composite Group in US, 1944; training to drop atomic bombs in US; atmosphere amongst group personnel prior to mission on Tinian Island; security surrounding mission and nature of discussions with Colonel Paul Tibbets; organisation and preparation for mission to drop atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 6/8/1945; thoughts prior to Hiroshima bombing; role flying instrumentation aircraft 'The Great Artiste' during mission to Hiroshima, 6/8/1945.
REEL 2 Continues: effects of atomic bombing on aircraft, 6/8/1945; reaction to dropping of atomic bomb on Hiroshima; visit to Nagasaki, 8/1945; devastation witnessed in Nagasaki, 8/1945.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.