Wednesday, August 6, 2008

B-29 Bomber Crew

This photograph shows the crew of a B-29 Bomber in World War II. It was on this day, August 6, in the year 1945 that the crew pictured above loaded into their bomber, the Enola Gay, and then dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. About 70,000 people were killed immediately. Nine days later, Japan Surrendered, and the war was ended.

In the late 1990's, I had the chance to meet Paul Tibbets the pilot, and the other living members of the Enola Gay crew. They were quiet men, who did not carry themselves as heroes. At the same time, they appeared at ease with the historic mission which fate had assigned to them, and had a quiet dignity as they talked about the mission.

3 comments:

  1. What a wonderful opportunity it was for you to meet the men who literally made history. This act had such profound impact on the course of world history that I think it overshadows any others including the walk on the moon. I hope we do not ever have to make such a difficult decision agai. Imagine the pressure on President Truman and also remember his position that "the buck stops here". We need more like him.

    Great picture selection, PJM.

    ReplyDelete
  2. "My God, what have we done?"

    -Captain Robert Lewis, co-pilot.

    That's chilling to think about, but boy, what a beautiful bird.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm co-authoring a story (for an un-named military magazine) about an incident that occurred in late August, 1945.

    It involves a B-29 on a mission to drop supplies to a POW camp in northern Korea.

    My co-writer is curious why "our" B-29 had a crew of 13, not the normal 11. Do you have a possible explanation?

    ReplyDelete