Of the 12 men who flew aboard the Enola Gay the day the US B Superfortress dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago this summer, none knew the four-engine bomber better than Captain Robert Lewis. On Wednesday, two of his wartime flight log books, Hiroshima bombing plans, mission notes and other items are up for sale during an auction of second world war material being held at Bonhams in Manhattan. Lewis, a year-old pilot from Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, logged a total of 36 flights aboard the Enola Gay, including the 6 August bombing mission that changed the world.
Enola Gaythe B bomber that was used by the United States on August 6,to drop an atomic bomb on HiroshimaJapan, the first time the explosive device had been used on an enemy target. The aircraft was named after the mother of pilot Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. The B also called Superfortress was a four-engine heavy bomber that was built by Boeing.
Skip to content. Boeing's B Superfortress was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War II, and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. Udvar-Hazy Center.
ATLANTA — The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that could have cost more lives on both sides. But Theodore "Dutch" VanKirk also said it made him wary of war — and that he would like to see all of the world's atomic bombs abolished. He was
The Enola Gay is a B Superfortress, which pilot Paul Tibbets named after his mother, and which had been stripped of everything but the necessities, so as to be thousands of pounds lighter than an ordinary plane of that make. Init was given an important task. When the bomb left the airplane, the plane jumped because you released 10, lbs.
Martin Aircraft Plant at Bellevue, Nebraska. Tibbets, Jr. One of fifteen Bs modified as part of Silverplate. Delivered to the U.
On 6 Augustduring the final stages of World War IIit became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The bomb, code-named " Little Boy ", was targeted at the city of HiroshimaJapan, and caused the near-complete destruction of the city. Enola Gay participated in the second atomic attack as the weather reconnaissance aircraft for the primary target of Kokura.
B Superfortress "Enola Gay" Of the 3, Bs built, few have been preserved, restored, and put on static display. A total of only about 22 complete B airframes are currently on display in the United States. In wartime, the B was capable of flight up to 31, feet at speeds of mph. Designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, the B flew more low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions.