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Memories of the unit that hid the Enola Gay, which dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima 75 years ago today
For months leading up to the Hiroshima bombing, hundreds of B29s flew long-distance missions from islands such as Tinian to weaken Japanese defenses.
Nearly two-thirds of the island's population were without electric power or running water in the typhoon's wake.
Tinian was battered by sustained winds clocked at 178 miles per hour, making it the most powerful cyclone on record to ever wallop U.S. soil, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
By Carl Prine