Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: the atomic


Japan,August 6: It was a US B-29 bomber called the 'Enola Gay' which dropped the uranium bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago, exploding some 600m above the city at around 08:10 on the 6th August 1945.

An estimated 140,000 people died in a city of 350,000, including those who succumbed to severe radiation exposure through the end of 1945.

Benjamin Bederson is a physicist who was selected to serve in the Special Engineering Detachment during the Manhattan Project, which went on to develop the first atomic weapons used in the Second World War.

He helped in designing ignition switches and he went on to prepare the switch for the Hiroshima bomb on Tinian island. Benjamin Bederson has been speaking to Newsday's Julian Keane.

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