ENOLA GAY CREW - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (JACOB BESER), ENOLA GAY CREW (GEORGE R. CARON), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - HFSID 140168
Sale Price $292.50
ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS, THOMAS FEREBEE, JACOB BESER, and GEORGE R. CARONThis first day cover honoring the Veterans Administration is signed by four crewmembers of the Enola Gay, the Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan First Day Cover Signed: "Paul W. Tibbets", "Tom Ferebee", "Jacob Beser", and "George R. Caron". 6½x3¾. Postmarked Washington, D.C., July 21, 1980. Fifteen-cent stamp affixed. Cachet features an image of military veterans wearing their gear. Captioned: “50th Anniversary/ of the/ Veterans/ Administration/ 1930-1980”. FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. U.S. Army Air Force Colonel PAUL TIBBETS (1915-2007), later an Air Force general, was responsible for the organization, training, and command of the world's first nuclear strike force. On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, Colonel Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress named after his mother, on its mission to drop the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. THOMAS FEREBEE (1918-2000) was thebombardier on board the Enola Gay and was responsible for dropping the first atomic bomb. Ferebee 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. Radar counter measures (RCM) observer JACOB BESER (1921-1992) was theonly crew member of both the Enola Gay and Bocks Car, the two B-29s that dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. GEORGE R. "BOB" CARON (1919-1995) was the tail gunner on the Enola Gay who took part in its historic mission to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. Seated in the rear of the B-29, he was the first to see the mushroom cloud. Caron had been given a camera at the last moment and snapped a roll of photographs as the mushroom cloud ascended. His photographs of the explosion were printed on millions of leaflets that were dropped over Japan the next day. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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