A VJ Day veteran from Rotherham revealed how he witnessed the explosion of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, effectively ending World War II.
Gordon Smith, 95, from Rotherham, talked to Prince Charles as part of the VJ Day 70th anniversary commemorations about how he watched the bomb fall the Japanese city.
He was in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and was 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.”
Speaking about the commemorations, he said: “I think it’s been marvellous.”
The weekend memorial saw the Queen join veterans to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, when Japan surrendered and brought an end to the conflict.
Tributes were paid to thousands of Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen who sacrificed their lives as a service was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in central London, before a memorial event was staged at Horse Guards Parade.