I'm just getting home from a night out at the bar and my wife shows me this listing on Craigslist.
Just wanted to know what ATSers think about this strange so called area 51 item for sale.
Description from Craigslist
"I've contacted so many people/organizations looking for pics of these cases when they were made or put aboard the USS Indianapolis that would
definitely tie them to what my research has told me...also I've looked for anyone who had anything to do with their manufacture or shipment. They must
have been so secret that no pics were allowed and literally no one knew. As it stands perhaps these trunks are the only existing tangible artifacts
left from the Manhattan Project and AREA 51 that are clearly marked...note the Bz 51 in the pic. I need to make a clarification on the price...it
should be $60,000,000.. You are viewing 'THE ONE and ONLY' most important Military AREA 51 Artifact/Collectible of our Age. The US was forced to bring
a brutal Imperial power to it's knees by using 'Little Boy' to shorten our involvement in the western theatre.
My research tells me these cases were built and originated from AREA 51 and held the Detonators/Weapons Fuzing Assembles(Cartridges) for the Hiroshima
Bomb 'Little Boy'...an L-II device and are the last tangible vestiges of the Manhattan Project. The cases are marked with a designation E-38 and
E-48...E for Elsie/Little(as seen in the pics). Both bombs(including Nagasaki) used a ABNER detonator.
AREA 51 and Los Alamos was the the original place of manufacture . Both the U-235 and the bomb parts were sent to Hunters Point Naval Base, picked up
by the Heavy Crusier Indianapolis, put into a Detonators Locker, and transported to the B-29 AFB at Tinian Island within striking distance of Japan.
In case of a sinking the cases have a rubber seal to make them watertight. While on board the parts/detonators were inspected and readied to be off
loaded upon arrival. The Detonators were marked as such...('inspected and accepted'...seen in the pics )...(note the markings Bz w/a 51)...then put in
place. I've recently learned of a U.S. Air Force 'Project Bronx'. There were 2 C-54's fom Kirkland AFB that took parts of the Bomb to Tinian. There is
a chance that these Trunks/Cases were transported by these planes. Until I learn differently I am forced to leave the door open. Little Boy and Fat
Man were both assembled in a building on Tinian. Fat Man was ready to go but Little Boy remained unarmed.
This historical significance is HUGE! The detonators HAD to work. During the research phase Oppenheimer chose Seth Neddermeyer to head the detonator
construction team. Then in a monumental reversal replaced him with George Kistiakowsky who he felt was better suited for the job. Cordite (black
powder) was chosen for the 'Gun'...the assembly fisson trigger was located inside a cylinder containing a mixture of tritium and liquid deuterium. The
cordite explosive fired a bullet of U-235 into a mass of 145 lbs of U-235 then causing a chain reaction and a nuclear explosion.
Only Truman, Winston Churchill and three other people knew of this event. I believe that the crew of the Enola Gay may have had a clue but only
Capt.Charles McVay of the Indianapolis ( who was briefed by Deke Parsons ) had an idea what was about to happen. Due to the high risk for explosion of
a fully armed Little Boy and the propensity of the B-29 to crash on takeoff it is 'mind boggling' that a Nuclear Flight Engineer in the person of
Captain William S 'Deke' Parsons would actually arm the device on the way to target. At high altitude and in the bomb bay he loaded Cordite into the
detonator. It was set to go off @1800+ feet.
There was no 'backup'...'plan B'...'2ond chance'. If the detonators didn't work the Japanese got a pile of radioactive junk. We faced losing 1M
Soldiers to end the War. The cruelty of the Japanese forced labor camps as well as the rapes of the women on various islands by the Japanese Army
would have gone unabated. The Battan Death March would have become the benchmark for Japanese Imperialism.
There was $300,000,000. (1945 money ) worth of U-235 in Little Boy...in terms of our fighting Women and Men...worth every penny. Developmental costs
of the whole Manhattan Project put the whole figure higher. Compromise and Mitigation of our will to win was not an acceptable alternative. Our
homeland was being menaced by 1000s of balloon bombs released in Japan...riding the prevailing air currents to the Western US...ready to
explode...causing terror and fires. The graveness of World War II was a constant stark realty. We grew tried of fighting.
So History is told...how my Father: WW2 Bronze Star Decorated USAF Colonel William Leroy Parker...'38 Auburn University Graduate and ROTC commissioned
Officer saved these cases from salvage/war surplus. He probably paid for them so we could use them for College. He was called back to serve in
Personnel for MATS at Kelly AFB during the Korean War. He was a Graduate of the Air War College...Maxwell AFB, Montgomery,AL. He decided to pass up
his promotion to Brigadier General and come home to Birmingham, Al. to raise a family. He knew the Cold War was coming. He had done his part in WW II
and Korea. These AREA 51 Detonator Cases showed up at our house. Now I can tell their story and our story.
With these Artifacts rode the Prayers and Hopes of a Nation...the inventive genius of our Manhattan Scientists and Employees...the fighting Spirit of
our Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Army. May God Bless America!
Lee C. Parker '69 Auburn University"
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