ENOLA GAY: PAUL W. TIBBETS Paul W. Tibbets signs a British commemorative envelope for the introduction of Boeing B-29, renamed The Washington 1, to the Royal Air Force. Philatelic Envelope signed: “Paul W. Tibbets”, 7½x4½. British commemorative envelope postmarked Richmond, Virginia, June 25, 1982, the introduction of Boeing B-29, renamed The Washington 1, to the Royal Air Force. United States Army Air Force Colonel Paul W. Tibbets was responsible for the organization, training and command of the world’s first nuclear strike force. On the morning of August 6, 1945, Colonel Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress named after his mother, on its mission to drop the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The bomb killed 66,000 and injured 69,000 people, not including long-term victims of radiation exposure. However, the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 9) hastened the surrender of Japan, ending WWII. Physicist Norman Ramsey, who went on to win a Nobel Prize for development of the atomic clock, supervised the transfer of the atomic bomb components from Los Alamos to Tinian, the island where the Enola Gay was based. Fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 76435
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