“Bomb Drops!” – San Francisco Chronicle shouts out front page news, July 1, 1946

 

Lest we forget 73 years ago today…

On 1 July 1946 by the Bikini calendar (30 June in New York), millions of people around the world waited anxiously by their radios for the results of Test Able, the first postwar atomic bomb test at Operation CROSSROADS, Bikini.

A bomb nicknamed “Gilda” (for the 1946 Rita Hayworth movie of the same name) was released from the air from a Superfortress B-29. The first picture of the blast was received in San Francisco one hour and 20 minutes after “Gilda’s” detonation.

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Excerpted from Chapter 5, Operation Crossroads – Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account, Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests 1946 by award-winning World War II military historian William L. McGee. (BMC Publications, 2016)

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3 thoughts on ““Bomb Drops!” – San Francisco Chronicle shouts out front page news, July 1, 1946

  1. Bill and Sandra,

    Another note of history brought to my attention! Once in awhile I would hear someone say, “she’s a bombshell!” And now I know where the phrase came from!!

    Like

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