Lat 33° 53′ 0″ N, Long 130° 53′ 0″ E Kokura is located at the center of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
During World War II, Kokura was selected as a target for both the first and second atomic bomb missions, but was never bombed due to favorable weather over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and was spared by smoke from Yawata on August 9, 1945.
On August 6, 1945 Kokura was the backup target for the "Little Boy" atomic bomb dropped by B-29 "Enola Gay" 44-86292, if Hiroshima had been clouded over.
Kokura was the primary target for the "Fat Man" bomb dropped August 9, 1945. During the morning, B-29 "Enola Gay" 44-86292 conducted a weather reconnaissance mission over Kokura and reported clear skies. By the time B-29 "Bockscar" 44-27297 reached Kokura was obscured by smoke from the bombing of Yawata and after three unsuccessful bombing runs diverted to the secondary target of Nagasaki.
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February 4, 2018