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Paul Tibbets Jr., who flew plane that dropped first atomic bomb, dies at 92
Columbus Dispatch ^ | Thursday, November 1, 2007 10:29 AM

Posted on 11/01/2007 8:43:44 AM PDT by snippy_about_it

Paul Tibbets Jr., who flew the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb — on Hiroshima, Japan — died this morning at his East Side home. He was 92.

Tibbets had suffered small strokes and heart failure in his final years and had been in hospice care.

He was born in Quincy, Ill., but grew up in Miami after his father moved the family there.

See link for complete story. Tibbets fell in love with flight and, at age 12, volunteered as a backseat assistant to a biplane pilot, dropping leaflets for the Curtiss Candy Co. at fairs, carnivals and other public gatherings.

He joined the Army Air Corps in 1938.

(Excerpt) Read more at dispatch.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: atomicbomb; enolagay; milhist; obituary; paultibbets; paultibbetsjr; veterans; wwii
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1 posted on 11/01/2007 8:43:46 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: snippy_about_it

Guess he was high enough to keep from getting any residual radiation. 92. Not even leukemia then.


2 posted on 11/01/2007 8:45:48 AM PDT by jwalburg (Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. What does that say about schools?)
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To: snippy_about_it

Rest in Peace, Colonel Tibbets.

Your actions saved a million American lives, and at least fifteen million Japanese lives by averting an invasion that would have degenerated into an ‘extermination’ ala Okinawa, Tarawa, Iwo Jima.

You never once backed down from your detractors, most of whom were born well after December 7th, 1941. You didn’t seek glory, you just did your duty.


3 posted on 11/01/2007 8:46:30 AM PDT by Badeye ('Ron Paul joined 88 Democrats.....")
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To: snippy_about_it

RIP, General Tibbetts. You did your duty well.


4 posted on 11/01/2007 8:47:04 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: DieHard the Hunter; James Ewell Brown Stuart; alfa6; Allen H; Colonial Warrior; texianyankee; ...
Foxhole Interest Ping

RIP COL. TIBBETS Jr.
5 posted on 11/01/2007 8:47:19 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it
So Long Airman!

May your wings allow you to soar and touch the face of God!

6 posted on 11/01/2007 8:48:04 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: indcons

ping


7 posted on 11/01/2007 8:48:27 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: All

Always remember the buck stopped at Harry Truman’s desk.


8 posted on 11/01/2007 8:48:46 AM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
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9 posted on 11/01/2007 8:50:10 AM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: zot; Interesting Times; SeraphimApprentice

Ping.


10 posted on 11/01/2007 8:50:20 AM PDT by GreyFriar ( 3rd Armored Division - Spearhead)
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To: snippy_about_it

RIP


11 posted on 11/01/2007 8:50:28 AM PDT by tioga
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To: snippy_about_it

Tibbets’ death will bring out the usual kook rewriters of history who can’t believe Japan had more than a million men still at arms, waiting for our invasion.


12 posted on 11/01/2007 8:51:31 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Badeye

“Rest in Peace, Colonel Tibbets.

Your actions saved a million American lives..”

Amen, rest in peace. You helped get my Dad home.


13 posted on 11/01/2007 8:51:35 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Badeye

Yep.


14 posted on 11/01/2007 8:51:35 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: snippy_about_it

You saved my fathers life, I salute you sir.


15 posted on 11/01/2007 8:52:45 AM PDT by The Louiswu (Never Forget!)
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To: snippy_about_it
RIP, Paul. Your actions helped avoid a certain bloodbath and could have very well taken my Father, who would have been one of those taking part in a mainland Japan invasion.

You will be missed. God bless you.
16 posted on 11/01/2007 8:52:46 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: snippy_about_it
RIP General Tibbets. Thank you and God for your service which, in all probability, saved my father's life as he was preparing for the invasion of Japan, and allowed myself and my borthers and our families to be born into this world as Americans, and citizens of the freest and most blessed nation on earth.

God's blessings of peace and comfort to your family and loved ones.

17 posted on 11/01/2007 8:52:49 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: abb
He did his duty & never suffered a second thought - he was convinced of the rightness of his cause.

A trait conspicuously absent in our nuerotic era.

RIP Colonel, and thanks.

18 posted on 11/01/2007 8:52:51 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: All
The FReeper Foxhole Profiles Colonel Paul Tibbets - May 10th, 2004
19 posted on 11/01/2007 8:53:59 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I shudder to think about what the DUmmies are saying about Tibbets.


20 posted on 11/01/2007 8:54:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: snippy_about_it

RIP Col Tibbets, and thankyou for your Service. A good job, well done: you did not balk from your duty and thereby saved millions of lives.


21 posted on 11/01/2007 8:54:25 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghill mi do dhuine. Fg am bealach.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Thanks for the ping Snippy.

The Greatest Generation is dieing off fast.

These guys are heroes!


22 posted on 11/01/2007 8:55:01 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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To: jwalburg

I seem to remember a social studies teacher of mine in Jr. High School mentioning that somehow he was involved with the bombings also. I wish I could remember his name.


23 posted on 11/01/2007 8:55:33 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: snippy_about_it

RIP colonel Tibbets. You’ve done our people proud as did those unheralded heroes of the Manhattan Project.


24 posted on 11/01/2007 8:55:49 AM PDT by HockeyPop
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To: Jeff Head

Ditto my dad. He had flown in the CBI, survived a crash landing and had mostly recovered from burns from that incident. He was expecting another tap on the shoulder, at age 39.


25 posted on 11/01/2007 8:56:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: jwalburg
Guess he was high enough to keep from getting any residual radiation. 92.
Not even leukemia then.


Even the instruction materials from the Radiation Safety Office at
UCLA shows that exposure to some low-level radiation seems to
give a small, yet measurable increase in logevity to lab animals.

During my stay at a biochemistry dept. in a Big 12 university,
there were plenty of old professors (some that served in WWII and
Korea).
These guys tossed around radioisotopically-labeled biomolecules
for DECADES. One of them even worked at what was probably a
biological weapons lab at that old military site east of Denver that
was loaded with all sorts of nasty stuff stockpiled to warn "Ivan"
to not roll into Western Europe during the Cold War.

Contrary to what most would expect these biochem profs were doing
quite well even in their seventies and eighties. Their dying colleagues were
their friends from the poli-sci or art department dying of lung cancer, etc.
26 posted on 11/01/2007 8:56:58 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

We heard on the radio that he asked that there be no headstone. I expect to keep the kooks away. Sad as that is it was probably smart.


27 posted on 11/01/2007 8:58:26 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: jwalburg

RIP General Tibbets. You have earned your eternal rest. You and your crew on the Enola Gay, and those of Bocscar, helped hasten the end of the insanity know as World War II.

I read the book “Enola Gay - The Bombing of Hiroshima”, and by what I read, he was the right one at the right place at the right time to accomplish that first mission. He must have been a hell of an aircrew commander. In the book, it states that after dropping The Bomb, and after getting past the shock waves, they orbited Hiroshima twice to see what kind of damage occurred. They were all amazed at the results. Through the years, none of the crew of the Enola Gay came down with any radiation-related illnesses.

He came to Memphis about 15 years ago to be best man at another famous flier’s wedding, Col. Robert K. Morgan, pilot in command of the “Memphis Belle”. It was held beside the Belle. The only time, to my knowledge, the Paul Tibbets came to Memphis. He was someone I would love to have met.


28 posted on 11/01/2007 8:59:08 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: snippy_about_it

RIP to a man who helped America WIN World War II.


29 posted on 11/01/2007 8:59:23 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: snippy_about_it

RIP Mr. Tibbets.

I wonder if his duty ever haunted him?


30 posted on 11/01/2007 8:59:25 AM PDT by IamConservative (Only two have offered to die for a stranger; Jesus Christ and the American Soldier)
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To: snippy_about_it

Wow. I fell victim to the rumor that Tibbets committed suicide decades ago and had no idea he was still around.

Thomas Ferebee, the bombardier on the Hiroshima flight passed back in 2000. There’s a historical marker at the farmhouse where he grew up out in the sticks of the NC northwest piedmont.


31 posted on 11/01/2007 9:00:07 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: snippy_about_it

May he rest in peace.


32 posted on 11/01/2007 9:01:30 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: CholeraJoe; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; StarCMC

ping


33 posted on 11/01/2007 9:02:05 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: snippy_about_it
The man who works in the tobacco shop at our local supermarket, he is 83/84 years old. He served in the Army in World War II and was stationed at Tinian and remembers watching them loading something secret aboard the Enoly Gay, he was within a couple hundred feet of the action. He also watched the plane take off. When Tibbets returned, he was bartender that night in the offcier's club and remember serving a drink to Tibbets himself and he remembers Tibbets telling him, "what have we done?" since the atom bomb was new at the time. I find it neat to talk to somene who actually witnessed one of the most important events in history.

My physics teacher was being trained to fly B-24's and he was on his way over to the pacific in his B-24 when he got word that the atomic bombs wwere dropped and Japan surrendered. He is 87/88, still flies his own plane and teaches his great grandkids on how to drive.

RIP Col. Tibbets
34 posted on 11/01/2007 9:02:13 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (RIP, Corky, I miss you, little princess!!! (Corky b. 5-12-1989 - d. 9-21-2007))
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One of the few stories my Dad would relate to me about his experiences during the war was of being at a base camp in Germany and hearing the news of the Bomb being dropped. He knew, as did every man there, that the war was going to end shortly, and they would be spared the hell of invading Japan, for which they were awaiting orders. Instead, he went home, married the girl he loved, raised his family, and was a productive, honest, hardworking citizen who will always be my hero. Paul Tibbets helped save the lives of countless men like my Dad. For that, and many other things, he deserves our thanks and honor.
35 posted on 11/01/2007 9:03:18 AM PDT by chimera
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Tibbets’ death will bring out the usual kook rewriters of history who can’t believe Japan had more than a million men still at arms, waiting for our invasion.

Look no further than the quote from Tibbets used in the article about Hiroshima. Of all the quotes they could have used...

36 posted on 11/01/2007 9:03:23 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: snippy_about_it

There should be a stone for him at Arlington.


37 posted on 11/01/2007 9:03:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Jeff Head

Same for my dad who was on a ship headed across the Pacific when they dropped the bomb, and my uncles who were being re-deployed from the States and European theater to the Pacific.


38 posted on 11/01/2007 9:04:35 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: Nowhere Man

One last part, he told me that Tibbets was one of the nicest men he knew and served in the officer’s club.


39 posted on 11/01/2007 9:05:28 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (RIP, Corky, I miss you, little princess!!! (Corky b. 5-12-1989 - d. 9-21-2007))
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To: snippy_about_it
Thank You Sir for being unapologetic for the mission which more than likely allowed my father to return from his mission in Guam and to civilian life and marry my mother.
40 posted on 11/01/2007 9:06:20 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: IamConservative

STATEMENT OFFERED BY BRIGADIER GENERAL PAUL W. TIBBETS (USAF, RETIRED) AT THE AIRMEN MEMORIAL MUSEUM ON JUNE 8, 1994 UPON THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE AIR FORCE SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION’S FREEDOM AWARD

(This is an exerpt. Full statement at Foxhole link in post 19.)

I am an airman, a pilot. In 1945, I was wearing the uniform of the US Army [Air Forces] following the orders of our commander-in-chief. I was, to the best of my ability, doing what I could to bring the war to a victorious conclusion-just as millions of people were doing here at home and around the world. Each of us — friend and foe alike — were doing the dictates of our respective governments. I recruited, trained and led the members of the 509th Composite Bomb Group. We had a mission. Quite simply, bring about the end of World War II. I feel I was fortunate to have been chosen to command that organization and to lead them into combat. To my knowledge, no other officer has since been accorded the scope of the responsibilities placed on my shoulders at that time.

As for the missions flown against Japan on the 6th and 9th of August, 1945, I would remind you, we were at war. Our job was to win. Once the targets were named and presidential approval received, we were to deliver the weapons as expeditiously as possible consistent with good tactics. The objective was to stop the fighting, thereby saving further loss of life on both sides. The urgency of the situation demanded that we use the weapons first - before the technology could be used against us.

During the course of the half century that has elapsed since the use of the atomic weapons, many scribes have chronicled the flight of the Enola Gay with nothing but descriptions of the destructive nature of our atomic weapons. Few such narratives have been objective. Indeed, I suggest to you that few, if any of the articles, books, films or reports have ever attempted to discuss the missions of August 6th and August 9th, 1945 in the context of the times. . Simply stated the Enola Gay and the 509th Composite Bomb Group have been denied a historically correct representation to the public. Most writers have looked to the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; to find answers for the use of those atomic weapons. The real answers lay in thousands of graves from Pearl Harbor around the world to Normandy and back again. The actual use of the weapons as ordered by the President of the United States was believed to be the quickest and least costly (in terms of lives lost) way to stop the killing. I carried out those orders with the loyal support of the men of the 509th Composite Bomb Group and the United States military at large. Our job was to serve. Our sworn duty was to God, country and victory.


41 posted on 11/01/2007 9:06:51 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I read an article once that stated Japan had and estimated 5000 Zeros squirreled away in caves and bunkers as well as fuel stocks to be used to defend the home islands at the end of the war.


42 posted on 11/01/2007 9:07:02 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: snippy_about_it
May the weather be CAVU, sir.

Thanks for the ping.

43 posted on 11/01/2007 9:07:22 AM PDT by steveegg (I am John Doe, and a monthly donor)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

We just heard further that no stone was requested so that no protests could take place at his gravesite. I’m sure a memorial could be built though.


44 posted on 11/01/2007 9:09:14 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it

RIP. He helped end WWII.


46 posted on 11/01/2007 9:10:38 AM PDT by Tolkien (There are things more important than Peace. Freedom being one of those.)
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To: snippy_about_it

BTTT


47 posted on 11/01/2007 9:11:10 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: jwalburg
Short turnaround -- when the lawyers are not in charge.


48 posted on 11/01/2007 9:11:15 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: snippy_about_it; sit-rep; verity; lapster; CourtneyLeigh

God bless and keep you, Colonel Tibbets.


49 posted on 11/01/2007 9:11:25 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: Nowhere Man

As I recall...he was living in Columbus, Ohio...and
driving a Toyota, which says he had no adverse
thoughts of the Japs...he saved a lot of lives, including
mine...JK


50 posted on 11/01/2007 9:12:54 AM PDT by sanjacjake
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