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SUMMARY: This offering is one
8 in. x 10 in. B&W photograph of the buyer's choosing. One photo
is an image of the second atomic bomb "Fat Man", one is
Ashworth as a pilot and one is Ashworth in Navy uniform. All images
are signed by Ashworth either giving his rank of Commander or as Vice
Admiral and indicating his role as weaponeer, Bockscar, Nagasaki Aug
Vice Admiral Frederick L. "Dick" Ashworth (1912- 2005). Ashworth was a United States Navy officer who served as the weaponeer on the B-29 Bockscar that dropped the atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945.He in fact is the one that made the final decision to bomb Nagasaki.
A native of Beverly, Massachusetts,
Ashworth graduated from
the U.S. Naval Academy in 1933. Holding the rank of commander, he became Director of Operations on Tinian for Project Alberta, the portion of the Manhattan Project tasked with dropping of the weapons on Japan. The director of Project Alberta, Captain William Parsons, had been weaponeer during the first mission August 6, when Hiroshima had been bombed.
Prior to his being named to Project Alberta, Ashworth had been commander of Torpedo Squadron Eleven (VT-11), a Grumman TBF Avenger unit based on Guadalcanal and the USS Hornet.
He stayed in the Navy after the war, serving in various roles. He was promoted to Vice Admiral and served as commander of the United States 6th Fleet from 1966 until his retirement in 1968.
Frederick L. Ashworth lived for over three decades in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He died in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 93.
These photos will be come with a letter of provenance as to their origin, history and authenticity.
Price: Each Image $139.50
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