Tibbets, Paul W.

Piloted “Enola Gay” on August 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb mission

Price: $75.00

Description:
(1915-2007) Pilot of the “Enola Gay” which dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945. Led 340th Bomb Squadron, 97th Heavy Bomb Group flying B-17 Flying Fortresses 1942. Piloted lead bomber on 1st Eighth Air Force bombing mission in Europe Aug. 1943, flew Mediterranean Theater combat missions, returned to US to test fly B-29 Superfortresses. Selected to command 509th Composite Group, in connection with Manhattan Project's Project Alberta, Sept. 1944. On Aug. 5, 1945, Col. Tibbets formally named B-29 #44-86292 “Enola Gay” after his mother. On Aug. 6, 1945, “Enola Gay” departed Tinian in the Marianas with Tibbets at the controls for Hiroshima, Japan. The atomic bomb, code named “Little Boy”, was dropped over Hiroshima at 8:15AM local time. Brig Genl 1959, retired 1966. Signed 3 x 5 card, “Pilot Of The Enola Gay/Hiroshima, Japan 6 Aug. 1945” rubber stamped below signature.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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