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. Clouds and drifting smoke resulted in a secondary target, Nagasaki , being bombed instead.
CHAPLAIN WHO BLESSED ENOLA CREW PASSES ON
From the Enola Gay, a strong wish 'not to repeat the mistake' - Nikkei Asia
The Enola Gay is a B Superfortress, which pilot Paul Tibbets named after his mother, and which had been stripped of everything but the necessities, so as to be thousands of pounds lighter than an ordinary plane of that make. In , it was given an important task. When the bomb left the airplane, the plane jumped because you released 10, lbs. We lost 2, ft. Then it exploded. All we saw in the airplane was a bright flash. Shortly after that, the first shock wave hit us, and the plane snapped all over.
Last survivor of Enola Gay crew dies
The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Georgia aged Theodore Van Kirk, also known as "Dutch", was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the bomb. Van Kirk said he had "no regrets" about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to end the Second World War. His son, Tom Van Kirk, paid tribute to his father, who he said remained active until the end of his life.
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