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From the Enola Gay, a strong wish 'not to repeat the mistake'

B-29's navigator later grew concerned about North Korea, propaganda

The Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, is on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in the U.S. state of Virginia. (Photo by Hiroshi Nakamae)

The first atomic bomb exploded over the city of Hiroshima 72 years ago. The Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the weapon, had 12 crew members aboard. Theodore Van Kirk, the navigator, was the last surviving member of the crew; he died three years ago at the age of 93.

There is no one left who can talk about seeing the blast from the air.

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