Shortly after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. Our picture will probably be all over the states before we can say anything. Caron and others in the member crew of the B Superfortress still weren't quite sure what it was that had dropped from the bomb bay on that bright morning 70 years ago, but Caron was the first to see the effects from his position in the tail.
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.
It was carrying a 9,pound top-secret bomb named Little Boy. Its pilot was Paul W. Tibbets Jr.
Twelve men were on that flight. Some chose to keep a low profile and others spoke out about their place in history. Almost all had something to say after the war.
Early in the morning of August 6,a U. It was carrying a 9, top-secret bomb named Little Boy. Its pilot was Col.
At five-year intervals in the previous thirty-five years they had met in other cities to reminisce and exchange news. On this occasion they also had an additional attraction. They would be able to visit their beloved Enola Gay.
They had been specially modified to accomodate the size and weight of the atomic bombs. Crews were often rotated around during the missions. There are many incorrect lists online of the planes and crews that flew on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing missions.
Tinian Island was the launching point for the atomic bomb attacks against Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. One of three islands in the Northern Marianas, Tinian is less than forty square miles in size and located approximately 1, miles south of Tokyo. The round-trip flight from Tinian to Tokyo took Bs an average of twelve hours.
Their mission was to destroy two cities in Japan, and that is what they did. Fifty years after the atomic bomb missions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, surviving crewmen of the Enola Gay and Bockscar speak out about those fateful days at the end of a terrible war and how the weight of their task changed them-and the world-forever. Hear the airmen's stories as only they can tell them, with interviews from the 50th reunion of the mission crews, rare archival footage, and invaluable personal recollections. Stream hundreds of shows by starting your free trial to Smithsonian Channel Plus.