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Brigadier General Paul W. Tibbets Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: February 23, 1915 in Quincy, Illinois
Died: November 01, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio
Paul W. Tibbets (1915-2007)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.
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