Tails Through Time: The Atomic Neptunes: The Navy’s Interim Nuclear Bombers

Not often realized in aviation history is the key role naval personnel played in the development and the deployment of the first atomic bombs that closed out the Second World War. In March 1943, Navy captain William Parsons was assigned to the Manhattan Project’s Ordnance Division as he had had prior experience in the development of the proximity fuse for anti-aircraft shells. While he also contributed to the design of the atomic bomb’s proximity fuse, he ultimately became responsible for the planning and execution of the US Army Air Force’s use of the bombs against Japan.

via Tails Through Time: The Atomic Neptunes: The Navy’s Interim Nuclear Bombers.

Here’s a really good look at both the airplane and mission, and some of the political background of the nuclear strike mission itself.