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2nd Lt Russell Gackenbach today<br />
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A never-seen-before photograph of the infamous first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in the final days of World War II has emerged for sale for £30,000.<br />
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The black and white snap was taken from the navigators window of the US airforce Superfortress carrying scientists and journalists to witness the arrival of the atomic age.<br />
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It shows the enormous mushroom cloud rising above the city moments after bomber plane Enola Gay dropped its catastrophic payload on August 6, 1945.<br />
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The poignant photo was taken by Second Lieutenant Russell Gackenbach, navigator onboard Necessary Evil, one of the three B-29 planes that took part in the attack.<br />
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The grainy image of the explosion has never before been published, remaining in 2nd Lt. Gackenback's  posession until the 1990s when he sold it to a private collector.<br />
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A 3-inch by 2-inch contact print of the photo is now up for sale at Bonhams alongside the Agfa Viking camera 2nd Lt. Gackenback used to take the photograph.