Weapons Officer on the Enola Gay Gives justifications for the use of the Atomic Bomb over Hiroshima and even additional atomic bombs to defeat Japan
Category: World War II
Item Number: 12570
Weapons officer of the Enola Gay on the Hiroshima mission the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 1 page Autograph Letter Signed on white paper in which he answers the questions of a correspondent regarding the Hiroshima mission. Jeppson writes the questions and answers in his own hand, "Dear Sir, Okinawa was conquered in battles that cost many civilian lives. It was used as an example to massive casualties, U.S., Japanese military, and civilian, during a possible invasion of Japan.
Declassified documents, both Japanese and U.S. War Department, estimated casualties far greater than from the atomic bombings of HIroshima and Nagasaki. So one may claim that use of the atomic bombs ended the war, stopped an invasion of Japan, and therefore saved lives.
As far as I know, no one has reviewed the following question: What if, in spite of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and what if then, the invasion took place and was failing -- would more atomic bombs have been used in attempt to finally defeat Japan?
Our small group of weapon test offices and support personnel had been setting up facilities on Tinian Island for a succession of atomic bombs as needed." He signs "Morris R. Jeppson/ Weapon Test Officer/ Enola Gay Mission/ Hiroshima 6 Aug. 1945".
Historically, President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to bring about a quick resolution of the war . Gen. Spaatz was ordered to bomb one of the targets: "Hiroshima, Kokura, Niigata, or Nagasaki " as soon after August 3 as weather permitted and the remaining cities as additional weapons became available. A third bomb was ready to go if Japan had not surrendered. An amazing letter revealing the thoughts of an "Enola Gay" crew member of his mission and the use of even more atomic bombs on Japan. In excellent condition.