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FC: Paul Tibbets Wall of Fame

1: Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. was born on February 23, 1915 in Quincy, Iowa. His father was a confections wholesaler. He and his family moved to Florida in 1927.

2: When he lived in Florida, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and was an initiated member of the Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Sigma. Nu Fraternity in 1934. He was determined to fly.

3: Tibbets enlisted as a Fort Thomas Kentucky in 1937. In 1938 he commissioned a second Lieutenant and also received his wings at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas.

4: He was also named commanding officer of the 340th Bomb Squadron, 97th bomb Group flying B-17 Flying Fortresses. | During World War II, Tibbets flew more than 25 combat missions over Europe. This led to the first bombardment mission in support of the North African invasion in Algeria.

5: Tibbets came home to the U.S. in March 1943 to test the power of Boeing's new B-29 Super Fortress. Tibbets was placed in command of the newly form509th Composite Group in September 1944, whose mission was to drop the atomic bomb. He chose to attend Wendover Air Base in Utah for training.

6: The 509th were sent overseas to Tinian Island in Marianas Chain in March 1945. On August 5,1945, U.S.President Harry Truman gave his approval to use the weapon the atomic bomb against Japan.

7: August 6 at 2:45 am, Enola Gay named Tibbetts's mother and it's crew of 14 lifted off North field en route to Hiroshima. At 8:15am the first atomic bomb exploded. The bomb killed 70,000 to 100,000 people and wounded people.

8: As soon as Enola Gay and crew landed at Tinian out greeting the was General Carl Spaatz and a crowd of GIS.

9: Spaatz decorated Tibbets with the Distinguished service cross. The other crew members got Air Medals.

10: Three days later, 40,000 more people died. Another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Six days after this Japanese surrendered ending World War II.

11: Thanks to Paul Tibbets World WAr II was ended. Because he dropped the bomb, it made the Japanese scared. thanks to him dropping the first atomic bomb, it gave the United States in the lead. Paul TIbbets was an important person during World War II.

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