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Sixty years ago today, Hiroshima, Japan, became the first target of an atomic bomb, with Nagasaki the second target three days later. Thus, a war that lasted four years was ended in four days. To those who decry the devastation caused by President Truman's decision to develop and detonate this awesome weapon, I remind them of the lives saved, not lost.
Paul Tibbets, Jr. Eisenhower, to Gibraltar. Tibbets quickly earned a reputation as one of the best pilots in the Army Air Force.
On Aug. It was the first time a nuclear weapon had been used in warfare. There were three strike planes that flew over Hiroshima that day: the Enola Gay, which carried the bomb, and two observation planes, the Great Artiste and the Necessary Evil.
At five-year intervals in the previous thirty-five years they had met in other cities to reminisce and exchange news. On this occasion they also had an additional attraction. They would be able to visit their beloved Enola Gay.
The foot radio tower other sources indicate the tower was approx foot tall, which appears plausible based on the photos below was no match for the B that hit it going about miles per hour at p. The airplane took off from Randolph AFB headed northwest on a routine training mission only a few minutes before the accident, with six men aboard. Eyewitnesses said the plane was flying unusually low when it struck the WOAI tower on the old Austin Highway near Selma and crashed and burned in a cornfield three miles northeast on Nacogdoches Road.
Six hours later, they changed the course of history. A single atomic bomb dropped from the Enola Gay exploded over Hiroshima, Japan. In an instant, over four square miles of the city and an estimated 90, of its inhabitants ceased to exist.
Nearly three years earlier, the Enola Gay, named after the mother of Col. Paul W. Tibbets, the pilot on the Aug.
Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. He is best known as the pilot who flew the B Superfortress known as the Enola Gay named after his mother when it dropped Little Boythe first of two atomic bombs used in warfare, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Tibbets enlisted in the United States Army in and qualified as a pilot in