B-29 MuseumHistory Museum in Pratt, Kansas
MUSEUM BYTES 02/19/2018
Each week the B-29 Museum will highlight additional multimedia content on the World Wide Web which enhances your museum experience. This week we share a “sneak peek” at our new exhibit in preparation that will be unveiled in 2018 - “THE DAWN OF THE ATOMIC AGE”. This exhibit will tell the story of the development of the atomic bomb and how the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought WW II to an abrupt end with the surrender of Japan on S...eptember 2, 1945. It will tell not only of the terrible destruction wrought by this weapon, but of the immediate toll it took on human lives, and impact on future generations of the survivors of the event. We feature our first video produced for this display entitled “Hiroshima Destruction - The Aftermath”. This video shows the aftermath of the events of August 6, 1945, when the nuclear bomb codenamed "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima by an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, flown by Colonel Paul Tibbets. It destroyed 5 square miles (70%) of the city in less than a second, and started fires that spread rapidly, engulfing the timber and paper homes. Some 70,000–80,000 people, or around 30% of the population of Hiroshima, were killed by the blast and the resultant firestorm.
Hiroshima Destruction - The Aftermath
MUSEUM BYTES 02/11/2018
Each week the B-29 Museum will highlight additional multimedia content on the World Wide Web which enhances your museum experience. This week we look at what the troops did for entertainment on the base. The PAAF Base Theater was just north of the present All Veterans B-29 Memorial. Current movies were shown on a regular schedule, and entertainment was also provided by “local talent” stationed on the base. (See our “IT’S SHOWTIME!” photo album in the... Facebook sidebar menu under "Photos” for more information.) Smaller USO circuit shows performed in the Theater, with larger shows held in the Sub-Depot Hanger (still standing), located south-west of the current B-29 Museum. Bob Hope once graced the stage at Pratt Army Air Field with his travelling USO show. Bob Hope was often accompanied by singer Frances Langford, guitarist Tony Romano, and comedian Jerry Colonna - all part of his travelling troupe. It became the "Dorsey Hour" at PAAF when Jimmy Dorsey, with his clarinet and his renowned band, including crooner Jean Cromwell played there one night. A very young Dinah Shore, the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s, entertained troops at PAAF. Violinist David Rubinoff also performed at PAAF. Here’s a radio recording of one of the Bob Hope USO WWII Shows presented on May 25, 1943 for the Army Air Corps Cadets in Stockton California at Stockton Air Field during WWll.
Bob Hope USO WWll show 1943 Stockton, California