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    New Photos from Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Discovered

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    About 100 new photos of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima have been unveiled. These photos, one taken from the plane that dropped the bomb, have sat unseen in a Library of Congress storage facility for decades.

    The photos were found by Ryo Koyama, a historian and curator at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. While searching for new exhibits in the United States November 2016, Koyama discovered the photos. Koyama sent 2,000 photographs home to Japan, and 100 were found to be previously unseen.

    Most of the photos were donated by American servicemen who occupied the devastated city following Japan's surrender to the Allies.

    One of the photos was taken from the window of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the "Little Boy" nuclear weapon on Hiroshima. The mushroom cloud, over 11,000 feet tall, is depicted splitting itself into two sections, as atomic explosions at low altitudes sometimes do.

    Previously, there were thought to be only two photographs taken of the cataclysmic explosion from the infamous bomber aircraft.

    "With the new photograph, we can compare and examine how the mushroom cloud changed," Koyama told Stars and Stripes. "It also showed that there is a chance of finding more photographs and that it's worth searching for."

    "There must have not been many people that went to the Library of Congress to look for these kinds of photographs."

    ​The museum intends to upload its entire collection of an estimated 70,000 photos online in the near future. They intend to preserve the events of World War II as the last living people to have fought in the war die. An 18-year-old boy who enlisted in 1945 would be entering his 90s in 2017.

    "We do have a good chance of finding new historical data," said Shuichi Kato, the museum's deputy director, to The Asahi Shimbun. "We want to expand our search to Russia and other countries as well, not just the United States."

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      Tim - USA
      The only real history people need to remember is Germany was trying to develop the abomb and helping Japan to do the same to use against the US and it's allies. If they would have gotten it first they would have used it first and we would all be speaking German if we were alive. The Japs were suicidal fanatics and they got what they deserved. Given the same scenario today I would drop the abomb again. You can not deal with fanatics of any type, they must be exterminated. Same goes for all these Muslim religious fanatics.
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      mwkin reply toTim - USA(Show commentHide comment)
      Tim - USA, you sound like a fanatic yourself , go turn yourself in right now for extermination
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      Falesteeniin reply toTim - USA(Show commentHide comment)
      Are you referring to ISIS , Al-CIAda, FSA, Al-Nusa etc that the evil Empire fund, train and equipt?!
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      Tim - USAin reply toFalesteeni(Show commentHide comment)
      Falesteeni, No, I was talking about the events of WW2 and why the US used the abomb during that time. They refused to surrender. As for the US funding all this terrorist crap I don't like it anyone than you do and why I voted for Trump to "stop meddling in other peoples business and governments".
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      Tim - USAin reply tomwk(Show commentHide comment)
      mwk, You need to study the historical facts of WW2 as you apparently don't have a clue.
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