On August 9, 1945, B-29 bomber Bockscar lifted off, carrying the nuclear weapon "Fat Man". Which city was it heading to?

Hiroshima
Nagasaki
Kokura
Moscow
The crew was under orders to only bomb vis­ual­ly. When they got to Kokura they found the haze and smoke ob­scur­ing the city as well as the large am­mu­ni­tion arsenal that was the reason for tar­get­ing the city. They made three un­suc­cess­ful passes, and even­tu­al­ly headed for Nagasaki and its torpedo factory, the al­ter­na­tive target. In Japan, the phrase "Kokura luck" was coined to describe lucky avoid­ance of the great mis­for­tune without being aware of it.

Answers distribution

Hiroshima
Nagasaki
Kokura
Moscow
answers
flagthe Netherlands
18%
29%
48%
3%
27
flagSweden
36%
18%
45%
0%
11
flagNorway
41%
16%
41%
0%
12
flagSwitzerland
30%
30%
40%
0%
10
flagGermany
35%
27%
34%
2%
79
flagAustria
25%
33%
33%
8%
12
flagPoland
38%
33%
24%
3%
5388
flagthe United Kingdom
43%
28%
24%
2%
114
flagthe United States
35%
38%
24%
1%
111
flagIndia
48%
24%
20%
3%
29
flagRussia
40%
40%
20%
0%
15
flagRepublic of Ireland
50%
33%
11%
5%
18
flagItaly
38%
52%
9%
0%
21
flagAustralia
45%
36%
9%
9%
11
flagUnknown
48%
41%
7%
1%
524

Gender

men19%
women25%
Hiroshima
40%
39%
Nagasaki
37%
29%
Kokura
19%
25%
Moscow
2%
4%

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