ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - CURRENCY SIGNED 08/06/1945 - HFSID 284144
Sale Price $360.00
Japanese occupation currency note, signed by Ferebee with details of the Hiroshima bombing. Ferebee says the bombing occurred at 09:15, an hour later than most accounts, suggesting that his watch was set to the time of his base on Tinian.
Currency signed: "Thomas W. Ferebee - Enola Gay - over Hiroshima - Aug. 6, 1945 - 09:15:17", 6¼x3. A ten-dollar note issued by Japan for use in occupied territories during World War II., signed by Ferebee in the margin. Thomas Ferebee (1918-2000) flew 60 bombing missions in Europe before being recruited to the 509th Composite Group to be specially trained for the dropping of atomic bombs. As bombardier of the Enola Gay, Ferebee released the atomic bomb which struck Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. Ferebee remained in the service after World War II, serving mostly with the Strategic Air Command until the early 1970s. The time usually given for the dropping of the first atomic bomb was 8:15 AM. So why has Ferebee set the bombing at 09:15 (military time)? The most likely answer is that Japan is located one Time Zone west (GMT+9) of Tinian Island, in the Marianas, where the Enola Gay was based. Ferebee's watch must have been set to GMT+10. Pencil note (unknown hand) at lower right edge. Fine condition.
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