- The three bomb designs Fat Man, Thin Man and Little Boy were named from characters in the novels of which 'hard-boiled' American author? Clue: not Raymond Chandler
- The plane which carried Little Boy to Hiroshima on the morning of 6th August 1945 was named Enola Gay after whom?
- Why was Kyoto excluded from the list of possible targets?
- Which US Navy cruiser carried Little Boy to its launch-pad on Tinian?
- Which Japanese city missed the cut twice?
1. Dashiell Hammett's novels (later filmed) The Thin Man and the Maltese Falcon had characters so named.
2. After Mrs Enola Gay Tibbets the mother of Col. Paul Tibbets the pilot of the bomb-carrying B29 on the Hiroshima mission. She was named after the heroine of a 19thC bodice-ripper Enola; or, Her fatal mistake (1886)by Mary Young Ridenbaugh.
3. Because Henry L. Stimson, the US Secretary of War (they didn't euphemise things by calling it Defense back then) had spent his honeymoon there . . . and also because the Americans recognised it as a World Heritage Site. Dresden, Monte Cassino and hundreds of other medieval and renaissance gems were not accorded the same respect. Dresden was consumed in a firestorm in mid-February 1945. Kurt Vonnegut was there as a POW and was inspired to write Slaughterhouse-Five.
4. USS Indianapolis. She was torpedoed on her way back to the USA on 30th July 1945 and through a series of cock-ups was not immediately declared missing. When the wreckage was located four days later, the 900 sailors who had survived the sinking had been reduced to 300 by sharks, dehydration and exposure.
I and II.