At 11:34 AM 11/9/2002, Marc wrote:

Incidentally, one little irony that I'm not sure has been brought up, although I'm
sure Mark especially knows this, and probably many others here, is that Nagasaki
wasn't the first choice for the second bomb. The original target was clouded over
that day, so Nagasaki got hit. The irony is that Nagasaki is the historical centre
of Japan's Christian community. So I guess today's trivia question is: what was
the original target?
The primary target was Kokura, a major munitions manufacturing center. Kokura was obscured by clouds and smoke (leftover from an earlier raid on a nearby city) so the bombadier couldn't get an exact target despite three separate passes. The secondary target was Nagasaki which was also obscured by clouds but after a couple of passes the clouds parted, and the rest is history.

Steven Montgomery

"Nations are defined by their founders. George Washington set a standard of
selfless public service and heroic private virtue against which American
politicians continue to be measured - and found wanting - even today." --Steven W. Mosher
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