paul tibbets

paul tibbets

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  • I wont be returning will I.
  • Report right away to Ent's office in Colorado Springs
  • I would like the base in Wendover, utah
  • Great choice, it is a remote spot surrounded by salt flats
  • We're on it
  • "He told me to pack my bags, Tibbets recalled. I would not be returning," pg 146.
  • This is a very important, never been done before mission.
  • "Tibbets learned the basics of how the bomb would work and approximately how powerful the explosion might be," pg 147. 
  • Paul Tibbets is assigned to drop the Little Boy on Hiroshima
  • "The pilot Paul Tibbets and his crew were already there," pg 175.
  • "We are going on a misson to drop a bomb different from any you have ever seen or heard about. This bomb contains a destructive force equivalent to twenty thousand tons of TNT," pg 190. 
  • "The order went out to Colonel Tibbets on Tinian :The 509 Composite Group, 20th Air Force, will deliver its first special bomb as soon as weather will permit visual bombing after about 3 August 1945," pg 190.
  • "With the release of the bomb, the plane was instantly nine thousand pounds lighter, Tibbets said. AS a result, its nose leaped up sharply and I had to qyuickly execute the most important task of the flight: to put as much distance as possible between our plane and the point at which the bomb would explode," pg 194.
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