Military History/Weapons Questions

Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:56 pm

ktm rider wrote:wasn't one of them code named " Big Boy" ? Man ! I am addicted to the History Channel and STILL don't know the answer....


Maybe Little Boy and Big Boy? I know one was long and skinny and the other was fat and short.
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:00 pm

Richard S. wrote:
Devil5052 wrote:Admiral Yamamoto who feared they had just suceeded in awakening a sleeping giant.


That's a myth, there's no documentation to support it. It was used in the movie Tora, Tora, Tora. Whoever wrote movie said he got it from the Admiral's journal or something along those lines but they can't find the passage anywhere.


Yamamoto was schooled in the USA, he warned them that at best they could hold the US off for 5 years and they would lose the war.

What kind of plane shot down Yamamoto's Betty bomber?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:49 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
Richard S. wrote:
Devil5052 wrote:Admiral Yamamoto who feared they had just suceeded in awakening a sleeping giant.


That's a myth, there's no documentation to support it. It was used in the movie Tora, Tora, Tora. Whoever wrote movie said he got it from the Admiral's journal or something along those lines but they can't find the passage anywhere.


Yamamoto was schooled in the USA, he warned them that at best they could hold the US off for 5 years and they would lose the war.

What kind of plane shot down Yamamoto's Betty bomber?



Interesting about the sleeping giant quote but I think you are right about hearing it in Tora Tora Tora. You are right about Yamamoto studying in the US...At Harvard & he was naval attache in Washington for a time. To answer you question ,he was shot down (ambushed really) by a group of P38 Lightnings after we heard (via "Purple" code break) exactly where & when he would be in Bouganville (I think) to inspect the troops. I believe the decision to ambush him (Yamamoto) went all the way up to FDR to decide. (Years ago, I read a great book on this mission & it was beyond fascinating....The mission was carefuly planned but we also had alot of luck to shoot him down succesfully!)
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:53 pm

Richard S. wrote:
ktm rider wrote:wasn't one of them code named " Big Boy" ? Man ! I am addicted to the History Channel and STILL don't know the answer....


Maybe Little Boy and Big Boy? I know one was long and skinny and the other was fat and short.


Close Richard.

Hiroshima Bomb-Little Boy (a uranium bomb)

Nagaski Bomb-Fat Man (a plutonium "implosion" type bomb)
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:55 pm

Grumman Aircraft was known to build very solid naval aircraft during WWII. In fact, their planes were so solid Grumman's nickname was what?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:03 pm

coaledsweat wrote:Little Boy and Fat Man. The first was a Uranium bomb, the second was plutonium.

Name the pilot that dropped the second bomb, everyone knows Paul Tibbets (who just recently died) dropped the first one.



Sweeny in "Boxcar"?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:09 pm

OK...as long as we're on A-bomb questions, here's a few more:

1. Codename for US development of an abomb?
2. Gen Groves was the militay commandeer of the abomb effort...Who led the scientific side?
3. Code name for the test firing in New Mexico?
4. What had Gen Groves done of notoriety, aside from the A-bomb
5. Name of the naval officer who armed "Little Boy" in flight on the way to Hiroshima?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:35 pm

Devil5052 wrote:1. Codename for US development of an abomb?
2. Gen Groves was the militay commandeer of the abomb effort...Who led the scientific side?
3. Code name for the test firing in New Mexico?
4. What had Gen Groves done of notoriety, aside from the A-bomb
5. Name of the naval officer who armed "Little Boy" in flight on the way to Hiroshima?


1. Manhattan Project
2. arrrrgh I know it... :? It's Jewish name I think and its not Einstein
3, Trinity?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:41 pm

Richard S. wrote:
Devil5052 wrote:1. Codename for US development of an abomb?
2. Gen Groves was the militay commandeer of the abomb effort...Who led the scientific side?
3. Code name for the test firing in New Mexico?
4. What had Gen Groves done of notoriety, aside from the A-bomb
5. Name of the naval officer who armed "Little Boy" in flight on the way to Hiroshima?


1. Manhattan Project
2. arrrrgh I know it... :? It's Jewish name I think and its not Einstein
3, Trinity?



Not bad....you got 2

2. J. Robert Oppenheimer
3. Trinity is right
4. Gen Groves had just built the Pentagon Bldg.
5. Parsons
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:39 pm

I was just about to post the answer to my earlier Grumman nickname question but I think I'll wait for coaledsweat to see if he wants to take a shot at it. (& also to see how I did on the Nagasaki pilot name)

Here's a few more questions on U-boats:
1. Early in the war in the Atlantic, German U-boats were sent to the US East coast where they managed to sink alot of our ships....Many within sight of beachgoers. What was the code name (english or German) of that German operation?
2. German admiral in charge of U-boats? (also head of Germany after Hitler killed himself)
3. German name of their re-supply subs that would refuel & rearm U-boats at sea?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:25 pm

Devil5052 wrote:
coaledsweat wrote:Little Boy and Fat Man. The first was a Uranium bomb, the second was plutonium.

Name the pilot that dropped the second bomb, everyone knows Paul Tibbets (who just recently died) dropped the first one.



Sweeny in "Boxcar"?


Sweeney, I think it was Bock'scar?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:29 pm

Devil5052 wrote:Grumman Aircraft was known to build very solid naval aircraft during WWII. In fact, their planes were so solid Grumman's nickname was what?


Ironworks?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:30 pm

What was Edward Teller taking bets on just before they detonated the device at Trinity Site?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:44 pm

coaledsweat wrote:What was Edward Teller taking bets on just before they detonated the device at Trinity Site?


You were rigbht about the Grumman Ironworks & Teller's bet was either
1. whether or nto the entie atmosphere would be ignited by the A-bomb blast?
2. The amount of power the detonation would cause?
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Re: Military History/Weapons Questions

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:46 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
Devil5052 wrote:
coaledsweat wrote:Little Boy and Fat Man. The first was a Uranium bomb, the second was plutonium.

Name the pilot that dropped the second bomb, everyone knows Paul Tibbets (who just recently died) dropped the first one.



Sweeny in "Boxcar"?


Sweeney, I think it was Bock'scar?



Think you're right about "Bock'scar"

BTW, I see you have a mispent youth like me!
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