Blagoveshchensk is a city and the administrative center of Amur Oblast, Russia, located at the confluence of the Amur and Zeya Rivers, opposite to the Chinese city of Heihe.

Blagoveshchensk in The Hot War[]

Owing to its position on the Trans-Siberian railroad, Blagoveshchensk was subjected to atomic bombing by the U.S. in May 1951. The attack proved costly for the U.S.[1]

Major Hank McCutcheon's B-29 was one of three bombers carrying atomic bombs to hit the city. They were accompanied by other B-29s carrying high-explosive bombs and who would serve as decoys. The bombers flew low, as close to the taiga or pine forests as they could. While en-route, Bill Staley saw flashes of blinding light that told him other bombers had hit Khabarovsk with atomic bombs. This alerted the Soviet defenders who found and shot down McCutcheon's aircraft before it could drop its bomb.[2]

The Soviets were able to rebuild the rail line through Blagoveshchensk the following year.[3]


  1. Bombs Away, pgs. 372-376, ebook.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Armistice, pgs. 51-52, ebook.