The Enola Gay dropped the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In this photograph are five of the aircraft's ground crew with mission commander Paul Tibbets in the center.

The Enola Gay dropped the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In this photograph are five of the aircraft's ground crew with mission commander Paul Tibbets in the center.

Paul Tibbets stands by the Enola Gay in an undisclosed location. The Enola Gay a B-29 was the first plane to drop an atomic bomb. Tibbets, his crew, and the Enola Gay dropped the bomb (Little Boy) on Hiroshima Aug 6, 1945. Three days later another bigger bomb (Fat Man) was dropped on Nagasaki. The two bombs effectively ended the war in Japan.

Paul Tibbets stands by the Enola Gay in an undisclosed location. The Enola Gay a B-29 was the first plane to drop an atomic bomb. Tibbets, his crew, and the Enola Gay dropped the bomb (Little Boy) on Hiroshima Aug 6, 1945. Three days later another bigger bomb (Fat Man) was dropped on Nagasaki. The two bombs effectively ended the war in Japan.

The cockpit of the Enola Gay - the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The bomb, code-named "Little Boy", was targeted at the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Col. Paul Tibbets occupied this seat as airplane commander on 6 August, 1945. B-29 manuals emphasized that a Superfortress commander was "no longer just a pilot" and was "overseeing a combat force all your own."

The cockpit of the Enola Gay - the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The bomb, code-named "Little Boy", was targeted at the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Col. Paul Tibbets occupied this seat as airplane commander on 6 August, 1945. B-29 manuals emphasized that a Superfortress commander was "no longer just a pilot" and was "overseeing a combat force all your own."

Captain Paul Tibbets in the Enola Gay minutes before takeoff to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 1945

Captain Paul Tibbets in the Enola Gay minutes before takeoff to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 1945

Rocket Weapons and the Atomic Bomb: The B-29 'Enola Gay' which dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and her pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets.

Rocket Weapons and the Atomic Bomb: The B-29 'Enola Gay' which dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and her pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets.

"Little Boy" atomic bomb is being loaded into the bomb bay of B-29 "Enola Gay", North Field, Tinian Island, 06 AUG 1945 [900 x 1135]

"Little Boy" atomic bomb is being loaded into the bomb bay of B-29 "Enola Gay", North Field, Tinian Island, 06 AUG 1945 [900 x 1135]

B-29 Superfortress - ENOLA GAY, on the Island of Tinian prior to it's attack of Hiroshima.

B-29 Superfortress - ENOLA GAY, on the Island of Tinian prior to it's attack of Hiroshima.

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