- Additional Details
- Ages: 8 and up
- Dimensions: 13" L x 16" W x 1" H
- Weight: 3 lbs
This photograph is personally by General Tibbets. Certificate of Authenticity included.
At the outbreak of World War II, General Tibbets formed an anti-submarine patrol squadron at Pope Field, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In June 1942, General Tibbets arrived in England and flew 25 combat missions over the European continent, including the first American B-17 Flying Fortress raid against occupied Europe. In March 1943, General Tibbets returned to the United States as a B-29 Program flight test pilot. In September 1944, Paul Tibbets was briefed on the Manhattan Project, the code name for the development of the atom bomb. It was his responsibility to organize and train a unit to deliver these weapons in combat operations. On August 6, 1945 the B-29 Enola Gay departed Tinian Island in the Marianas at 2:45 a.m. for Hiroshima, Japan. The atomic bomb, codenamed Little Boy, was dropped over Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. local time. The Enola Gay landed back at Tinian and the plane and crew were greeted by General Spaatz, and Tibbets was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross. This tremendous accomplishment, which not only affected the outcome of World War II but also altered the history of the world, was not merely a single event. Rather, it was a culmination of events throughout which Paul Tibbets played a pivotal role.