South Yorkshire PoW recalls Hiroshima bomb falling

Prime Minister David Cameron talks top Gordon Smith, left, and  Ted Maslen-Jones

Prime Minister David Cameron talks top Gordon Smith, left, and Ted Maslen-Jones

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A former Japanese prisoner of war from Rotherham told Prince Charles how he watched the atomic bomb fall on Hiroshima.

Gordon Smith, aged 95, was among 350 veterans at the VJ Day event in London attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron.

Gordon Smith, centre, at wreath laying ceremony

Gordon Smith, centre, at wreath laying ceremony

Mr Smith was in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and a prisoner of war from 1942.

“We heard this plane. We went and had a look out and this plane was overhead and the next thing we saw something floating down,” he said.

“We didn’t know what it was. It exploded in mid air and then there was a great big cloud like a mushroom. And that’s all we saw,” he added.

Speaking about the commemorations, he said: “I think it’s been marvellous.”

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