ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - TYPED QUOTATION SIGNED - HFSID 179947
Sale Price $108.00
ENOLA GAY: PAUL W. TIBBETS
Paul W. Tibbets signs a typed quotation in blue ink on an index card.
Typed Quotation signed: "Paul Tibbets", 1p, 5x3 index card. In full: "Fellows, you have just dropped the first Atomic bomb in history." 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. Fine condition.
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