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ENOLA GAY CREW - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (GEORGE R. CARON), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - HFSID 168837

Color photo of the Enola Gay, the plane to drop the first atomic bomb used in wartime on Hiroshima, signed by pilot Tibbetts and tail gunner Caron, the first man to see the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima

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ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS and GEORGE R. CARON
Color photo of the Enola Gay, the plane to drop the first atomic bomb used in wartime on Hiroshima, signed by pilot Tibbetts and tail gunner Caron, the first man to see the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima
Photograph signed: "Col. Paul W. Tibbets/Pilot-Enola Gay/8-6-45" and "George R. Caron/Hiroshima 8-6-45". Color, 11x8. PAUL W. TIBBETS (1915-2007) was the pilot and GEORGE R. CARON (1919-1995), the tail-gunner, of the Enola Gay (named after Tibbets' mother). On the morning of August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay lifted off from Tinian Island; its special payload: "Little Boy," a 9,000 pound uranium-235 core-fissionable atomic bomb. At 8:16 a.m., the bomb (which descended from the plane by parachute) exploded 1,890 feet over Hiroshima, Japan's seventh largest city. Over 78,000 people were killed by the searing heat and gamma rays, and the city, which had been home to a garrison of 150,000 Japanese troops, was virtually destroyed. This action, and the dropping of another atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki three days later, was credited with hastening the end of World War II. The Enola Gay is pictured on Tinian Island in September 1945, a month after dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The "Black Arrow" insignia was put back on the rudder (visible at top right). All the Enola Gay's missions had been flown with a "Circle R" insignia borrowed from another group. Fine condition.

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