ENOLA GAY: THOMAS FEREBEE, ROBERT LEWIS Large 13¾x10¾ b/w photo of Hiroshima after its destruction in the first ever atomic bombing, signed by the co-pilot and

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ENOLA GAY: THOMAS FEREBEE, ROBERT LEWIS Large 13¾x10¾ b/w photo of Hiroshima after its destruction in the first ever atomic bombing, signed by the co-pilot and bombardier of the Enola Gay Photograph signed "Robert Lewis Co-Pilot 'Enola Gay Hiroshima 9:15 a.m. Aug. 6, 1945"  and "Thomas W. Ferebee - Bombardier - Enola Gay - Hiroshima - 0915 am. Aug. 6, 1945". With pencil notations in lower right corner in unknown hand. B/w, 13¾x10¾ overall, 13½x10¼ image, one surface. This photograph is the aftermath of the first atomic bombing in history - the destruction of Hiroshima by the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945 - and shows the devastation that this one bomb wrought on the city. The date and time on this photo is exactly one hour after the bombing; however, it was probably signed and dated at a later date, as this photograph was taken after Aug. 6, 1945. Colonel PAUL W. TIBBETS, JR. was the pilot, Major ROBERT LEWIS the co-pilot, Major THOMAS W. FEREBEE was the bombardier and Captain THEODORE J. VAN KIRK was the navigator on the historic flight that lifted off from Tinian Island at 2:45 A.M. on August 6, 1945. At 17 seconds past 8:15 a.m., "Little Boy", a 9,000-pound uranium-235 core-fissionable atomic bomb was released over Hiroshima, Japan. Lewis and Ferebee have stated the time of the blast as 9:15. Their watches would have been set to the time on Tinian, in the Marianas. Hiroshima, Japan was one time zone east of that base. Forty-three seconds later, after the bomb detonated at 1,890 feet, the city was decimated; 71,000 were killed or assumed dead, 68,000 were injured and 60,000 buildings were destroyed. The bombing hastened the end of WWII and changed the course of warfare forever. FEREBEE (1918-2000) was the bombardier on board the Enola Gay and was responsible for dropping the first atomic bomb, "Little Boy", on Hiroshima, Japan. Ferebee and LFerebee initially trained for a position on the Boston Red Sox, but joined the Army when he didn't make the team. A knee injury put him into flight school instead of Army training. He remained in the Air Force until the 1970s, serving in Korea and retiring as a colonel. He worked as a real estate agent after retirement. LEWIS (1917-1983) was the co-pilot of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He worked as a personnel manager for Henry Heide, a candy company, after retiring from the Air Force. Lightly toned, soiled, cracked and creased. Pen skipped while signing Ferebee's signature. Errors in negative were reproduced in photo. Light dents at top edge. Bottom corners are rounded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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