Countdown at Crossroads – NBC Radio broadcasts live 24 hours after Test Baker, 26 July 1946, Post 18/20

Bikini Lagoon, 26 July 1946 – The enormous cloud of water from the Baker blast dispersed in a spray which covered all the target ships in the Lagoon as well as the support ships positioned ten or more miles away, including the USS Fall River.  Hanson W. Baldwin, military affairs editor for The New York Times, observed Test Baker aboard the press ship USS Appalachian. In his 26 July column he wrote, “The spectacularly beautiful dome of water, steam, spray and gas reached up and outward with awful suddenness….”

-Bill McGee

(Excerpted from Operation Crossroads – Lest We Forget! by William L. McGee.)

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