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Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. (February 23, 1915 – November 1, 2007) was a Brigadier General in the United States Air Force, best known as the pilot of the Enola Gay, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb in the history of warfare, on Hiroshima Japan on August 6, 1945.
In February 1942, he became the commanding officer of the 340th Bombardment Squadron of the 97th Bombardment Group, flying 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 August 17, 1942, and the first American raid of more than 100 bombers in Europe on October 9, 1942. He flew 43 combat missions. He was the test pilot during the troubled development of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, in Wichita Kansas. In September 1944, he was appointed the commander of the 509th Composite Group, which would conduct the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He was involved in the development of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet in the early 1950s.
Born in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Paul Warfield Tibbets, Sr., and his wife, Enola Gay Tibbets. Married Lucy Wingate, a clerk at a department store in Columbus, Georgia, in a Catholic seminary in Holy Trinity, Alabama, on June 19, 1938. They had three sons, Paul III, Gene and James. He and Lucy quietly divorced in 1955. During his posting to France, he met a French divorcee named Andrea Quattrehomme, and married her in the Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, chapel on May 4, 1956.
Tibbets died in his Columbus, Ohio, home on November 1, 2007, at the age of 92. He was survived by his wife Andrea and the three sons from his first marriage. His body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered over the English Channel.
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