Watch archive footage of the first nuclear test. The surviving members of the Enola Gay crew say their mission was just On this occasion, the surviving members of the Enola Gay crew would like the opportunity to issue a joint statement. This year, , marks the sixtieth year since the end of World War II. The summer of was indeed an anxious one as allied and American forces gathered for the inevitable invasion of the Japanese homeland. President Truman made one last demand, one final appeal. Together with Great Britain's Churchill, and Russia's Stalin, the President of the United States urged the Japanese to "proclaim the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces.
Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia
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Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, bringing an end to a long and devastating World War II and making the Enola Gay, the B that delivered it, one of the most famous in history. The remote-controlled gun turrets were also taken away to increase speed. Only the tail gun position was left to defend it from enemies. Paul W. Tibbets Jr. The Enola Gay, known only as No. Robert Lewis, of the th Composite Group, from the factory to New Mexico, then to Tinian in the Mariana Islands, where its crew practiced flight maneuvers, loading the massive bomb and dropping it.
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The Last Crew Member Who Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima Died
On 6 August , piloted by Tibbets and Robert A. Lewis during the final stages of World War II , it became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb in warfare. The bomb, code-named " Little Boy ", was targeted at the city of Hiroshima , Japan, 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.
He was VanKirk flew nearly 60 bombing missions, but it was a single mission in the Pacific that secured him a place in history. He was 24 years old when he served as navigator on the Enola Gay, the B Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb deployed in wartime over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. He guided the bomber through the night sky, just 15 seconds behind schedule, he said.