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The Enola Gay


The Enola Gay
A plane entirely famous for its atomic payload, the Enola Gay dropped one of the most destructive bombs in human history ‘Enola Gay;’ and ‘Little Boy’. Two names that are now synonymous with changing the city of Hiroshima and the whole world forever. Named after pilot Paul W. Tibbets’ mother, Enola Gay was a B-29 bomber built under the top-secret ‘Silverplate’ programme. Part of a batch of 15 bombers, it was chosen to fly the first ever atomic combat mission. The weapon would be known as ‘Little Boy’ and was a 15-kiloton bomb. Taking off at 2.45am local time, it arrived in Iwo Jima at 6.05am and armed its payload. After Little Boy was dropped 11.5 miles from the detonation point, the aircraft turned to make its hasty escape. As the atomic bomb sent Hiroshima to oblivion, Enola Gay was rocked by several after shocks as it withdrew. The crew remember seeing the resulting mushroom cloud for an hour and half afterwards as the aircraft returned to base, mission accomplished. Unknown to many, Enola Gay actually went on a second mission later the same month to scout out the target for the second atomic bombing mission. Today it is housed in the US National Air and Space Museum but will always be remembered for that devastating day in the summer of 1945.


The Enola Gay