Paul Tibbets stands by the Enola Gay in an undisclosed location. The Enola Gay a B-29 was the first plane to drop an atomic bomb. Tibbets, his crew, and the Enola Gay dropped the bomb (Little Boy) on Hiroshima Aug 6, 1945. Three days later another bigger bomb (Fat Man) was dropped on Nagasaki. The two bombs effectively ended the war in Japan.
Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets waves to the ground crew on August 6, 1945 as he pilots the B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” on its last bomb run. He flew from Tinian Island in the Pacific to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan that help end World War II a few days later
The Japanese Naval Administration building, later utilized by American forces, is one of the World War II era resources remaining on Tinian. Photo courtesy of Tinian Municipal Council. The Battle of Tinian Island was from July 24, 1944 to August 1, 1944 and was considered a necessary island in the Allied Island Hopping Campaign.