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Justin Taylan 2003

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Shigeaki Mori 1999
Lat 34° 23' 60N Long 132° 26' 60E  Hiroshima is located in Hiroshima Prefecture in the Chūgoku Region on the south coast of Honshū in Japan. Also known as Hiroshima City. Borders Hiroshima Bay.

Wartime History
During 1945, Hiroshima was not targeted by B-29 Superfortress bombers, aside from aerial mining missions against Hiroshima Harbor and a US Navy carrier aircraft attack. As a largely undamaged city, Hiroshima was sselected as a target for the atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945 B-29 "Enola Gay" 44-86292 dropped the first atomic bomb used on Japan.

American missions against Hiroshima
April 2, 1945–August 6, 1945

Aioi Bridge
This 'T' shaped bridge was used as the aiming point for the atomic bomb. It survived the blast, but the current bridge is new, but still in the same location and 'T' shape.

Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Hall (A-Bomb Dome)
Designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel, and constructed in April 1915. Its green colored dome was well known the citizens of Hiroshima. The atomic bomb's hypocenter was approximately 160 meters to the SE. The building was partially destroyed by the blast, but the frame of the dome and outer wall survived. Preserved as a monument, the building is one of the most well known symbols of the city and around the world. In December 1996, it became a UNESCO world heritage site.

Hiroshima Castle
21-1 Motoi, Nake-ku Tel 082-221-7512
Built by feudal lord, Yerumoto Mori. During the war, the castle and grounds were occupied by the 2nd General Army HQ and 5th Army Division. It was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb, but 'faithfully rebuilt' in 1958. Today is a museum to display samurai artifacts.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial
1-2 Nakajuna-cho, Naka-ku
Tel 082-241-4004
Museum dedicated to the history of the atomic bomb. This modern museum has all displays in both Japanese and English and other languages. A scale model of the city shows the area before and after the bomb, as well as displays of artifacts, photographs and other information. It is an impressive museum in terms of both the impact of its presentation, and even handed depiction of the history.

National Memorial Hall for A-bomb Deceased
This impressive monument looks toward the A-Bomb Dome and an eternal flame.

Cenotaph for A-Bomb Victims
This arch provides a view from the Peace park to National Memorial Hall.

Children's Peace Memorial
Memorial at Hiroshima.

Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound
Memorial at Hiroshima.

Memorial For U.S. POWs (Former Chugoku Kempei-Tai HQ)
Installed during 1999 due to the efforts and personal funds of Hiroshima resident and A-bomb survivor, Shigeaki Mori. At least 12 American POWs were killed in the atomic bomb blast, while being held at the Kempei-Tai (military police) HQ, near the hypocenter. These POWs were from the crews of four American aircraft that went down in the area. Today, the former HQ, today an office building.

Peace Bell
Dedicated in 1964, this bell is to encourage world peace and end to nuclear weapons.

Peace Clock Tower
This clock tower chimes at 8:15am everyday, the moment when the atomic bomb exploded over the city. Donated by the Lions Club in 1967, for the goal of world peace.

Korean Monument
For Koreans killed in the blast.

Ujina Harbor
Used as a military port during the Sino-Japanese war. In 1940 a civilian industrial port opened as well, including filling 3.2 km of sea to create land. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries selected the site for a machine factory. The first wartime ship built here was the Hisakawa Maru in 1944. In 1943, part this industrial area was also used as an Army airfield.

Eta Jima
Island offshore from Hiroshima, site of Japanese Navy Academy for Officers.

Sunk June 8, 1943 after an internal magazine explosion

B-24J "Lonesome Lady" Serial Number 44-40680
Pilot Carwright crashed July 28, 1945 crew MIA / POW

B-24J "Taloa" Serial Number 44-40716
Pilot Marvin crashed July 28, 1945 crew MIA / POW

SBC2 Helldiver Bureau Number 21079
Pilot Porter ditched July 28, 1945 crew POW, died in atomic bombing

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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