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August 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m. the Enola Gay, an Air Force B-29 bomber flew over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. On board was a nuclear bomb that the US called Little Boy, ironically the Little Boy meant big trouble for Hiroshima. This Bomb was made up of 20,000 tons of TNT and 64 kg of uranium. This was the first time that a weapon of this magnitude was used by military forces. At this time the city of Hiroshima had a population of about 245,000 citizens, nearly 100,000 of them died as a result of the bombing; and about another 100,000 were wounded. The city was never the same to those who survived this horrific event, and it was something they wouldn't soon forget. John Hersey recorded the memories and stories of the residents who survived in his book Hiroshima, published one year after the bombing. He tells his story through the words of six survivors; Miss Sasaki, Dr. Fujii, Mrs. Nakamara, Father Kleinsorg, Dr. Sasaki, and the Reverend Tanimoto; each remembering exactly what they were doing when the bomb hit. Hersey wanted to give the rest of the world a first-hand look at what it was like for the citizens of Hiroshima leading up to the bombing as well as the events following. The people of Hiroshima were nervously anticipating an attack on their city. They were aware of the mass raids on Kure, Iwakuni, Tokuyama as well as other small cities that were nearby. They were all sick with worry and anxiety that one day Mr. B, a US B-29 bomber plan would fly over their city and cause mass destruction. They were constantly on edge each time an air-raid warning sounded, which seemed to be every night for weeks. There had been a rumor going around, that the reason the US had not attacked Hiroshima yet was because they had something special saved for that city. Although there were constant threats of an air-raid from the US, the citizens of Hiroshima treated August 6, 1945 like any other day. Despite the lack of sleep, Mr. Tanimoto fixed some breakfast and prepared himself for the day. He described the morning as, "perfectly clear and so warm that the day promised to be uncomfortable" (pg4). Throughout the week he had began moving all portable items from his church where he ministered, to a house in Nagaragawa owned by a man named Mr.
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