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ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 155321

ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS The pilot of the Enola Gay signs a newspaper photograph of him with two new women B-29 pilots trained by him. Newspaper Photograph signed: "Paul W. Tibbets". B/w, 7¼x5¾. Captioned at lower margin: "It was a most unusual day. CAA inspector D.K.

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ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS
The pilot of the Enola Gay signs a newspaper photograph of him with two new women B-29 pilots trained by him.
Newspaper Photograph signed: "Paul W. Tibbets". B/w, 7¼x5¾. Captioned at lower margin: "It was a most unusual day. CAA inspector D.K. Hudson, right, signed off the tickets of a couple of brand new B-29 pilots: Didi Morman, left, and Dora Dougherty are obviously delighted at their new ratings and their instructor, Paul Tibbets smiled as he set the stage to solve a morale problem in the B-29 program." Printed at the lower right portion of page 5 of a military newspaper (pages 3-6 are present). Pages 4 and 5 and a portion of page 6 feature an article "as told by Paul Tibbets", who is pictured on page four. The article tells the story of Tibbets' combat tour in North Africa and details his involvement in the B-29 program. U.S. 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. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical fold at the "ib" of Tibbets. ¼-inch nick at blank right margin of mid-horizontal fold on page 3, minor holes at that blank margin. Overall, fine and interesting.

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