During the war in the Pacific Theater, the B delivered the first nuclear weapons used in combat. Retrieved 23 July By Aprilthe first operational Bs of the newly formed 20th Air Force began to touch down on dusty airfields in India. Retrieved 31 January Enola Gay was personally selected by Colonel Paul W. The Hiroshima mission was followed by another atomic strike.
The B-29 Plane Enola Gay in WW2: Crew & Controversy
Sweeney, Charles; Antonucci, James A. After the war, Army Air Forces crews flew the airplane during the Operation Crossroads atomic test program in the Pacific, although it dropped no nuclear devices during these tests, and then delivered it to Davis-Monthan Army Airfield, Arizona, for storage. National air and Space Museum. At a time when Dad had thought I had lost my marbles, she had taken my side and said, "I know you will be all right, son. Retrieved 8 May A petition from a group calling themselves the Committee for a National Discussion of Nuclear History and Current Policy bemoaned the display of Enola Gay as a technological achievement, which it described as an "extraordinary callousness toward the victims, indifference to the deep divisions among American citizens about the propriety of these actions, and disregard for the feelings of most of the world's peoples". Exposure to the elements had damaged the plane, and it had been vandalized.
Email Email is required. Chris is an instructional designer and college faculty member. This was also the first mission launched from airbases in China. Enola Gay and the Smithsonian Institution. Enola Gay' s crew on 6 Augustconsisted of 12 men. The heat and blast effaced everything in the vicinity, burned 4.