AUTHOROlivi, Fred J.
TITLEDecision at Nagasaki: the Mission that Almost Failed

Authored and published by the co-pilot of the Bockscar, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, this autobiographical account attempts to shed light on what the author considers to be one of the most important yet overlooked aviation missions in the history of the United States Armed Forces. With the help of his personal diary entries, Fred Olivi chronicles his life leading up to the memorable mission, then focuses on its details, intending to humanize the controversial story of the Nagasaki bombing. The book is divided into five sections: a brief summary of his early background; a story of his time in aviation training; a section on his training with the 509th composite group at Tinian, including a detailed account of the Nagasaki mission; a short piece on his life in the tumultuous climate of post-World War II United States; and an extensive appendix section containing declassified military documents, mission itineraries, letters, crew rosters, and flight plan maps. Numerous photographs are provided, including aerial shots of Nagasaki after detonation.

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