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  •  My husband is a docent at the (2+ / 0-)
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    Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - the Air & Space Museum "annex" near Dulles airport, where the Enola Gay is now on permanent exhibition.  He meets a lot of interesting people.

    Within sight of the Enola Gay is a little Japanese aircraft - it's basically a bomb with a seat for a pilot.  I believe these aircraft were intended to be launched from submarines.  They were one-way aircraft.  

    An elderly Japanese gentleman came to the museum one day, I'm not sure whether he spoke with my husband or to one of his fellow docents.  He looked at the Japanese aircraft and then at the Enola Gay and then said "the Enola Gay saved my life.  I was scheduled for a mission (on one of the Japanese aircraft) but then the bombs were dropped and the war ended."  Words to that effect - I wasn't there, I only heard the story second hand.  Still, it sends chills up my spine.  I'm not even sure I know what to think or feel about such a story.

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    by lcork on Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 08:11:51 PM PDT

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