ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - BOOK SIGNED - HFSID 278470
Sale Price $467.50
PAUL W. TIBBETS
Signed copy of 509th Composite Group. This is a 2002 copy of the group's pictorial history, "written and published by and for the members of the 509th Composite Group" in 1945. The 509 th Composite Group was deployed in order to drop the first atomic bombs on Japan during World War II; Tibbets was the pilot of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. A rare insider's look at one of the most secretive and expensive military projects of the war.
Book signed "Paul W. Tibbets" on first dedication page in blue ink. 124 pages, 9x12. Copy of 509th Composite Group, edited by Jerome J. Ossip. Columbus, Ohio: Mid Coast Marketing, ©2002. Hard cover. Captioned on title page: "Written and published by and for the members of/THE 509TH COMPOSITE GROUP/Tinian 1945". This book is a rare insider's look at one of the most expensive, secretive and important projects of the war: the United States' effort to build an atomic bomb that could be dropped from a bomber. The 509th Composite Group was the world's first nuclear-armed bomber group. It was deployed to Tinian in the Marianas in order to drop atomic bombs on Japan during World War II. In 1946, it was re-assigned to Roswell, New Mexico and renamed, first as the 509th Bombardment Group and then the 509th Bombardment Wing. This book is a copy of the group's pictorial history, which was originally published in 1945... copies of which were abandoned in a Chicago warehouse after World War II, according to Tibbets. Tibbets (1915-2007, born in Quincy, Illinois) was the pilot of the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, named after Tibbets' mother, that dropped the first atomic bomb (nicknamed "Little Boy") on the city of Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. The blast, equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT, destroyed a four square-mile area, and killing an estimated 70,000 people. Japan surrendered less than one month later, on Sept. 2, 1945). Tibbets was a colonel when Hiroshima was destroyed and became a technical adviser on the United States' nuclear bomb tests. He retired a brigadier general in 1966 and worked in commercial aviation until 1986. Fine condition.
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