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ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - COMMEMORATIVE COVER SIGNED - HFSID 258769

ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS The pilot of the Enola Gay signs a commemorative cover for the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII, brought to a swift conclusion by the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan.

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ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS
The pilot of the Enola Gay signs a commemorative cover for the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII, brought to a swift conclusion by the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. The envelope bears a stamp that was created after protests from the Japanese government forced the cancellation of the stamp originally planned to commemorate the event, the only stamp to be rescinded by the U.S. Postal Service.
Commemorative Cover signed: "Paul Tibbets", 6½x3¾. Commemorative Cover honoring the 50th anniversary of WWII, special poster stamp affixed, postmarked Columbus, Ohio, August 14, 1995, FIRST DAY OF NON ISSUE. Tibbets has signed above the imprinted caption: "Pilot, B-29 'Enola Gay'/Hiroshima, Japan 6 August, 1945". Slightly creased. Fine condition. Accompanied by imprinted card, unsigned, 5x3½, giving the history of the "non-stamp". ©1995, Newhouse/Kaplan, Mid Coast Marketing. Headed: "History Denied". In full: "Since 1893, the U.S. Postal Service has been designing and issuing stamps to commemorate significant events, places and people in American history. After protests from Japanese government officials and intervention by President Clinton, the Postal Service reluctantly rescinded a planned stamp commemorating the swift conclusion of WWII through the use of atomic bombs. This is the only commemorative stamp ever rescinded by the U.S. Postal Service. Ironically, the announcement was made public by the White House on December 7, 1994, exactly 53 years to the day after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. This commemorative poster stamp was created in place of the cancelled stamp to honor the sacrifices made by a generation of Americans." Fine condition. United States Army Air Force Colonel Paul W. Tibbets was responsible for the organization, training and command of the world's first nuclear strike force. On the morning of August 6, 1945, Colonel Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, on its mission to drop the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The bomb killed 66,000 and injured 69,000 people, not including long-term victims of radiation exposure. However, the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 9) hastened the surrender of Japan, ending WWII. Two items.

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