December 9, 2005
Vice Admiral Frederick L. Ashworth, Nagasaki bomber, Dec. 3
Vice Admiral Frederick L. Ashworth, the weapons specialist in charge of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of World War II, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, during heart surgery in Phoenix. He was 94. Ashworth was assigned to the wartime Manhattan Project that developed the world's first A-bomb. On the morning of Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, a B-29 Superfortress nicknamed the Bockscar dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki, killing and wounding tens of thousands of people and leaving much of the city ruined. Within days, Japan surrendered and World War II ended. This photo was taken in 1966.