ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 16711
Sale Price $315.00
ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS
14x11 black and white casual publicity photograph of Paul Tibbets and fellow pilots after a practice loading exercise at the end of July 1945.
Photograph signed: "Paul W. Tibbets, Tinian, July 1945". B/w, 14x11. Written on verso by Tibbets: "This photograph was made/following a practice/loading exercise at the /end of July 1945 as we/were preparing for the /Bombing of Hiroshima/Paul W. Tibbets". Paul W. Tibbets was the pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that he named in honor of his mother. At 2:30 A.M. on August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay left Tinian Island's North Field for Special Bombing Mission number 13. In her bomb bay was "Little Boy", the name given to the first atomic bomb used in warfare. At 8:15 A.M., "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, creating massive destruction and hastening the end of WWII. George R. Caron, the tail gunner on the flight, was facing the rear of the B-29 and was the first to see the mushroom cloud. He had been given a camera at the last moment and snapped a roll of photographs as the mushroom cloud ascended. Caron's photographs of the explosion were printed on millions of leaflets that were dropped over Japan the next day. Image grainy. Fine condition.
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