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Tuesday, November 16, 2021


This undated Associated Press photo (above)  includes most members of the 11-man crew of the Boeing B29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima posing in 1945 during World War II.  Note: there are name differences between photo above and the chart below.

Standing: Left to right standing, 

--Lt. Col. John Porter, ground maintenance officer; 

--Capt. Theodore J. “Dutch" Van Kirk, navigator; 

--Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee, bombardier; 

--Col. Paul W. Tibbets, 509th Composite Group commanding officer, and pilot; 

--Capt. Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot; and Lt. Jacob Besser, radar countermeasures officer. 

Lower row: Left to right, 

--Sgt. Joseph S. Stiborik, radar operator; 

--Staff Sgt. George R. Caron, tail gunner; 

--Pfc. Richard M. Nelson, radio operator; 

--Sgt. Robert H. Shumard, assistant engineer; and 

--Staff Sgt. Wyatt E. Duzenbury, flight engineer. 

Hiroshima, an important city for the Japanese military had a wartime population of 280,000 when the atomic bomb was dropped over the 400-year-old city. Motoyasu river (center) before the bomb exploded. 

 Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. The bomb named Little Boy was released from 31,000 ft. at 8:15 am and after traveling six miles and 43 seconds later it exploded unleashing 13 to 18 kilotons in the blast.

 Only the skeletons of buildings constructed with reinforced masonry survived the blast. A month later, a media member stares at the now-famous dome of the Center of Industry building that is now a memorial. 

 Back from Hiroshima: Boeing B29 dubbed the Enola Gay by pilot Paul Tibbetts after his mom when he visited the plant assembly line in Nebraska lands at Tinian Island, August 6, 1945. 

Bombadier's view (in nose) using a Norden bombsight.

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