ENOLA GAY CREW - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (RICHARD H. NELSON), 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 165131
ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS, THOMAS FEREBEE, JACOB BESER, GEORGE R. CARON, and RICHARD NELSON This first day cover featuring an image of the Statue of Liberty is
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ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS, THOMAS FEREBEE, JACOB BESER, GEORGE R. CARON, and RICHARD NELSON This first day cover featuring an image of the Statue of Liberty is signed by five crewmembers of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan First Day Cover Signed: “Paul W. Tibbets”, “Thomas Ferebee”, “Jacob Beser”, “George R. Caron”, and “Richard H. Nelson”. 6½x3¾. Postmarked New York City, New York, March 31, 1978. Two 16-cent stamps affixed. Cachet features the Statue of Liberty. 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 the bombardier 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 the only 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. PFC RICHARD H. NELSON (1925-2003) was the radio operator on the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the world's first atomic bomb used in war. The bomb was dropped on Hirohsima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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