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. This list has been thoroughly checked for accuracy by several th Composite Group experts and historians.
'One hell of a big bang'
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Flight Officer Bill Springer is pictured in his leather flying jacket and helmet standing on the wing of his Stearman advanced trainer. Photo provided. Bill Springer will never forget his first night on Iwo Jima, March 1, They had just flown in when the Japanese attacked that first night on the island during World War II.
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.
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.