Nagasaki nuke pilot dies

Published on June 8th, 2009 | by Admin

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Charles Donald Albury, the co-pilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki has died of congestive heart failure, aged 88.

During the Second World War, he helped fly the B-29 Bockscar that dropped the weapon on Aug. 9, 1945. He also witnessed the deployment of the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima three days earlier as a pilot for a support plane. His plane dropped instruments to measure the magnitude of the blast and levels of radioactivity for the Hiroshima mission led by Col. Paul Tibbets Jr.

“When Tibbets dropped the bomb, we dropped our instruments and made our left turn,” Mr Albury told Time magazine four years ago. “Then this bright light hit us and the top of that mushroom cloud was the most terrifying but also the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen in your life. Every colour in the rainbow seemed to be coming out of it.”

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