by John D. Shaw
|In this scene, Col. Paul Tibbets two of his closest crew members, Capt. Dutch’ Van Kirk (navigator) and Maj. Tom Ferebee (bombardier) discuss final plans for the next morning’s historic mission. Its top-secret cargo already loaded, the massive B-29 sits in its hardstand, just having had the words “Enola Gay” (the name of Paul Tibbets’ mother) painted on its nose. As Military Police, other members of the flight and ground crews go about their duties, none are certain what the next few days will hold, yet all are aware that they will be playing a role in changing the course of history, hopefully resulting in peace, and the end of the most terrible war in history.
This limited edition print has been conservation matted to include the original signatures of The Enola Gay's pilot, Paul Tibbets and bombardier Thomas Ferebee. Also included in the mount are original command pilot wings. A true historic collectible
All materials and methods used in the matting meet the highest conservation standards.
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|Overall size: 26⅝" x 39½"||Image size: 17½" x 32"|
|Museum Presentation||Signed by the artist - matted with Enola Gay crew signature and command pilot wings.||$975|
Original signatures included in the mount
Original Command Pilot wings
Included with the Museum Presentation is an un-signed, un-numbered copy of "Bockscar & Company, depicting the B-29 ‘Bockscar’, which flew the 2nd & final atomic mission. Nagasaki, 9th. August 1945.
|Paul Tibbets - (matted signature)
Paul Tibbets is of course most famous for being the pilot of the Enola Gay which flew the first atomic mission against Hiroshima on August 6th. 1945. Tibbets enlisted in the United States Army in 1937 and qualified as a pilot in 1938. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he flew anti-submarine patrols over the Atlantic. In February 1942, he became the commanding officer of the 340th Bombardment Squadron of the 97th Bombardment Group, which was equipped with the Boeing B-17. In July 1942, the 97th became the first heavy bombardment group to be deployed as part of the Eighth Air Force, and Tibbets became deputy group commander. He flew the lead plane in the first American daylight heavy bomber mission against Occupied Europe on 17 August 1942, and the first American raid of more than 100 bombers in Europe on 9 October 1942. Tibbets was chosen to fly Major General Mark W. Clark and Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower to Gibraltar. After flying 43 combat missions, he became the assistant for bomber operations on the staff of the Twelfth Air Force.
Tibbets returned to the United States in February 1943 to help with the development of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. In September 1944, he was appointed the commander of the 509th Composite Group, which would conduct the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the war, he participated in the Operation Crossroads nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946, and was involved in the development of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet in the early 1950s. He commanded the 308th Bombardment Wing and 6th Air Division in the late 1950s, and was military attaché in India from 1964 to 1966.
|Thomas Ferebee - (matted signature)
Thomas Wilson Ferebee joined the Army Air Corps in the Summer of 1941. After two years of
Like Tibbets, Ferebee remained in the military in the years after World War II as the U.S. Army