Enola Gay & Bockscar
(Assembled in Nebraska)

The planes that dropped the atomic bombs upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

The B-29 "Superfortress" of WWII.

August 6, 1945 - The dropping of "Little Boy" over Hiroshima.

The "Enola Gay" (44-86292) was named for the the pilot's mother Enola Gay Tibbets.

Colonel Paul Tibbets - Commander
Captain Robert Lewis - Co-Pilot
Captain Theodore Van Kirk - Navigator
Major Thomas Ferebee - Bombardier
Lieutenant Jacob Beser - Electronic Countermeasures
Sergeant Joseph Stiborik - Radar Operator
Private Richard Nelson - Radar Operator
Staff Sergeant Wyatt Duzenbury - Flight Engineer
Staff Sergeant Robert Caron - Tail Gunner
Captain Deke Parson - Weaponeer
2nd Lieutenant Morris Jeppson - Ordnance Expert

August 9, 1945 - The dropping of "Fat Man" over Nagasaki.

"Bockscar" (44-27297) was named for the the original pilot Frederick Bock, who on the day of the mission, switched planes with Maj. Charles W. Sweeney.

Major Charles W. Sweeney - Commander
First Lieutenant Charles Albury - Co-Pilot
Captain James Van Pelt, Jr. - Navigator
Captain Kermit Beahan - Bombardier
Lieutenant Jacob Beser - Electronic Countermeasures
Staff Sergeant Ed Buckly - Radar Operator
Sergeant Abe Spitzer - Radio Operator
Master Sergeant John Kuharek - Flight Engineer
Sergeant Raymond Gallagher - Asst. Flight Engineer
Staff Sergeant Albert Dehart - Tail Gunner
Commander Frederick Ashworth - Weaponeer
2nd Lieutenant Fred Olivi - Third Pilot


Glenn L. Martin Assembly Plant where the "Enola Gay" and "Bockscar" were built.

The Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant was constructed in 1941 at Fort Crook which is located east of Bellevue or just south of Omaha. The plant originally assembled the B-26 medium bombers, but was later changed to assemble the B-29 bombers which were the largest American bombers of World War II.

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