Frederick C. Bock

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Frederick C. Bock
Born (1918-01-18)January 18, 1918
Greenville, Michigan
Died August 25, 2000(2000-08-25) (aged 82)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Rank Major
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal

Frederick C. Bock (January 18, 1918 – August 25, 2000) was a World War II pilot who took part in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, flying the B-29 bomber The Great Artiste, which was used for scientific measurements of the effects caused by the nuclear weapon. The bomber which actually dropped Fat Man was called Bockscar[1] as it was usually flown by Frederick Bock. The staff was swapped just before the raid and Major Charles Sweeney piloted Bockscar, which flew with The Great Artiste and another aircraft. A native of Greenville, Michigan, Bock died at his Arizona home in 2000, of cancer.[2]