ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 28752
Sale Price $108.00
ENOLA GAY: PAUL W. TIBBETS (WWII)
Paul W. Tibbets signs a Philatelic Envelope honoring the United Nations.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Paul W. Tibbets", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring the United Nations, four 5-cent United Nations stamps affixed, postmarked United Nations, New York October 23, 1964, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. 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 named after his mother, 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. Physicist Norman Ramsey, who went on to win a Nobel Prize for development of the atomic clock, supervised the transfer of the atomic bomb components from Los Alamos to Tinian, the island where the Enola Gay was based. Typed mailing address at lower left. Fine condition.
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