Wanted! “Calutron Girls” who worked at Y-12 during the Manhattan Project.
The Japanese Public Broadcasting Corporation wants to produce a documentary film to commemorate the end of World War II. Their program director representative has contacted Y-12 National Security Complex Historian D. Ray Smith and wants to interview some women who worked on the calutrons at Y-12.
Company representatives have read the New York Times and Los Angeles Times best-seller book “The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan. They have browsed the Y-12 public website and viewed the videos and newspaper articles archived there.
Colleen Black, a leak tester at K-25 during the Manhattan Project, has agreed to be interviewed, but they would like other women as well.
If you know any women who worked on the calutrons at Y-12 during the Manhattan Project, please contact Ray Smith at (865) 482-4224 or by email [email protected].
The Manhattan Project was a top-secret federal program to build the world’s first atomic bombs during World War II. Y-12 enriched the uranium that fueled the first atomic bomb used in wartime; it was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945.