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    Able |Crossroads|

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    Date: 21:01 UTC 30/06/1946 | Type: Airburst @160m | Yield: 23 Kt

    Able was a "Fat Man" MK-3A fission bomb, dropped by B-29 "Dave's Dream", the bomb fell 298m short and 600m left of target. The USS Gilliam was sunk, and four other vessels were either sunk or severly damaged as a result of the blast. The Crossroads tests were the first nuclear explosions since World War II, and the first weapon tests since Trinity. They were "weapons effects" tests - designed specifically to study how nuclear explosions affect naval vessels, planes, and animals. A fleet of 71 surplus and captured ships was anchored in the Bikini Atoll lagoon in the Marshall Islands and used as targets. The USS Nevada was painted bright orange for the tests, this ship served as the target for the test.




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