Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. He is best known as the pilot who flew the B Superfortress known as the Enola Gay named after his mother when it dropped Little Boy , the first of two atomic bombs used in warfare, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Tibbets enlisted in the United States Army in and qualified as a pilot in After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor , he flew anti-submarine patrols over the Atlantic. In February , he became the commanding officer of the th Bombardment Squadron of the 97th Bombardment Group , which was equipped with the Boeing B In July , the 97th became the first heavy bombardment group to be deployed as part of the Eighth Air Force , and Tibbets became deputy group commander.
Here's why the pilot of Enola Gay had no regrets about dropping the first atom bomb
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Enola Gay co-pilot's flight logs, Hiroshima plans, WWII mission notes head to auction
This undated photo provided by Bonhams shows personal flight logs of the co-pilot of the U. The logs are part of an lot archive of Capt. This undated photo provided by Bonhams shows personal flight plan from the logs of the co-pilot of the U. B Superfortress dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago this summer, none knew the four-engine bomber better than Capt. Robert Lewis.
On 6 August , piloted by Tibbets and Robert A. Lewis during the final stages of World War II , it became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The bomb, code-named " Little Boy ", was targeted at the city of Hiroshima , Japan, and caused the near-complete destruction of the city. Enola Gay participated in the second atomic attack as the weather reconnaissance aircraft for the primary target of Kokura.