AWM 122106

A crowd of people standing on a wharf waving signs.

Family and friends await the docking of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Formidable (just out of sight) on 13 October 1945. The carrier was bringing home 1300 ex-POWs from Asia, some of whom had been in the vicinity of Nagasaki when the atomic bomb destroyed the city on 9 August 1945. One ex-POW described the scene at Nagasaki to a journalist: ... the explosion was accompanied by different flashes, some red, some blue and some white. The effect was immediate. Ships in the harbour burst into flames and even on the surrounding hills trees caught fire and burned furiously. [The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 1945] AWM 122106

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