Lonely Flight To Destiny (set) By Craig Kodera
On August 8, 1945, Russia finally joined the Allies and declared war on Japan. Despite that and the atomic bombing of Hiroshime, the Japanese still did not surrender. By 10:00 that same night, a second atomic bomb was placed in a
B-29 Superfortress named Bock's Car.
The flight was anything but routine. A fuel pump malfunctioned, trapping 600 gallons of fuel. At the rendezvous over Kyushu, one of the two aircraft that were supposed to join Bock's Car was apparently at the wrong altitude; Bock's Car wasted valuable time searching for her. Then the primary target of Kokura was completely obscured by cloud cover, forcing a change to the secondary target of Nagasaki. The cloud cover was thick there, too, but the bombardier finally found a hole in the clouds. With fuel running low, Bock's Car released its atomic bomb shortly after 11"00 AM, Nagasaki time.
On August 14, 1945, Emperor Hirohito personally said that Japan would surrender on American terms and broadcast his decision to the Japanese people. The formal surrender ceremonies took place aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. World War II was finally over.
Limited Edition printed on Archival Material for preservation.
Signed and Numbered by the artist.