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Charles Donald Albury

  • Birth 12 Oct 1920 Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
  • Death 23 May 2009 Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 37941540

United States World War II Aviator. He was the co-pilot of the B-29 Superfortress bomber "Bockscar" that dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945 during World War II. The 10,200-pound explosive, nicknamed "Fat Man", instantly killed an estimated 40,000 people. Another 35,000 died from injuries and radiation sickness. Japan surrendered five days later. A United States Army Air Corps Captain when he participated in that famous mission, he also witnessed the first atomic blast over Hiroshima a few days earlier, as a pilot on a support plane "The Artiste" that measured the magnitude of the blast and levels of radioactivity. Following the war, he flew planes for Eastern Airlines and eventually co-managed Eastern's Airbus A-300 training program before retiring in 1980. He was the last surviving crew member to have seen both atomic blasts.

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  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 5 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37941540
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Donald Albury (12 Oct 1920–23 May 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37941540, citing Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .