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The Enola Gay pilot signs an FDC in the National Defense Series of 1940. First Day Cover signed: "Paul W. Tibbets", 6½x3¾.

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The Enola Gay pilot signs an FDC in the National Defense Series of 1940.
First Day Cover signed: "Paul W. Tibbets", 6½x3¾. FDC of two 1-cent Industry Agriculture for Defense stamps featuring the Statue of Liberty, issued in the National Defense Series of 1940, postmarked Washington, D. C., October 16, 1940, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. A 1-cent Eli Whitney stamp is also affixed. Paul W. 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. Corners slightly worn. Light surface creases. Lightly toned. Fine condition.

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