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Return of the Enola Gay

Author: Paul W Tibbets
Publisher: Columbus, Ohio : Mid Coast Marketing, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On August 6, 1945, as the Enola Gay approached the Japanese city of Hiroshima, I fervently hoped for success in the first use of a nuclear type weapon. To me it meant putting an end to the fighting and the consequent loss of lives. In fact, I viewed my mission as one to save lives rather than take them. The intervening years has brought me many letters and personal contacts with individuals who maintain that they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Named Person: Paul W Tibbets; Paul W Tibbets
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul W Tibbets
ISBN: 0970366604 9780970366603
OCLC Number: 40566286
Notes: "A Paul Tibbets Book 1998."
Includes index.
Description: 339 pages, [21] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Strange destiny --
From corn belt to sun belt --
Target : Hialeah --
A dose of discipline --
The big decision --
Winning my wings --
Fort Benning --
Skeet-shooting with George Patton --
Flying low --
Flying fortress training --
Code name Bolero --
Yankee Doodle goes to town --
Close calls and milk runs --
Mark Clark's secret mission --
Ike goes to war on a two-by-four --
Bombardment in Africa --
Marauders in Algiers --
The Norstad Incident --
Reunion --
Flying blind --
Testing the super fortress --
The flight of the Ladybird : the WASPS and the B-29 --
My secret air force --
The air base at the end of nowhere --
Escaping the shock wave --
The Green Hornet line --
Manhattan in the pacific --
Taunts and jibes --
Last-minute preparations --
Using every inch of the Runway --
"My God, what have we done?" --
The world gets the news --
The luck of the Irish --
End of the war --
Fiasco at bikini --
Testing the B-47 --
"Above and beyond" --
Trouble-shooting years --
Mission to India --
The sad case of Major Eatherly --
Executive jet --
Reflections --
The Enola Gay returns.
Other Titles: Enola Gay
Responsibility: Paul W. Tibbets.

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On August 6, 1945, as the Enola Gay approached the Japanese city of Hiroshima, I fervently hoped for success in the first use of a nuclear type weapon. To me it meant putting an end to the fighting and the consequent loss of lives. In fact, I viewed my mission as one to save lives rather than take them. The intervening years has brought me many letters and personal contacts with individuals who maintain that they would not be alive if it had not been for what I did. Likewise, I have been asked in letters and to my face if I was not conscious stricken for the loss of life I caused by dropping the first atomic bomb. To those who ask, I quickly reply, "Not in the least."

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