Yesterday’s NYT page one explained that the late Joseph Fuoco–the source behind two important accounts in Charles Pellegrino’s recently-published THE LAST TRAIN FROM HIROSHIMA–is apparently an “impostor.” Fuoco, and in turn the book, claimed to be a last-minute substitute on a plan that accompanied the Enola Gay on its famous bombing run over Hiroshima. He said there was a “secret accident” with the bomb that caused radiation poisoning and reduced the bomb’s power.
Pellegrino “now concedes that he was probably duped. In an interview on Friday, he said he would rewrite sections of the book for paperback and foreign editions. ‘I’m stunned,’ Mr. Pellegrino said. ‘I liked and admired the guy. He had loads and loads of papers, and photographs of everything.'”