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  • When SAC began operations, the 509th was the only group capable of delivering the A-bomb, having delivered two weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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  • Even before the radar officer called the 509th base commander, Col. William Blanchard, reporting that radar indicated the crash of an unidentified aircraft to the north and west of Roswell, the CIC dispatch team had already mobilized to deploy an immediate-response crash-and-retrieval team to locate and secure the crash site.

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  • In a virulent press release, the 509th Composite Group said it was "incensed" about parts of the book, calling it "rife with errors."

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  • Activated at remote, windy Wendover, Utah, in December 1944, the 509th was created to deliver “special weapons” against Germany and Japan.


  • Thus, following thirty-eight “pumpkin” sorties over Japan, the 509th was alerted for its first special mission.


  • The 509th received B-29s specially modified to carry atom bombs, though none of the fliers yet knew of their ordnance.


  • Actually the 509th was sharpening its aim with five-ton “pumpkin bombs” of the same shape as the atomic weapons.


  • The 509th Composite Group comprised one bomb squadron and a transport squadron; with auxiliary units the roster only totaled 1,767 men.


  • On August 4, Tibbets presided over a briefing with seven combat crews, stating only that the 509th would drop a bomb “of unimaginable destructive force.”


  • Most of the things in the book about the 509th Bomb Group are outright wrong.

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