Thomas Wilson Ferebee was born on a farm outside Mocksville, North Carolina , as the third of eleven children. Talented in athletics since childhood, he earned awards in track , basketball , and football. After training for a small position with the Boston Red Sox and not making the team, he joined the Army. A knee injury kept him from service in the infantry but he was accepted into flight training.
ENOLA GAY B29 SUPERFORTRESS WORLD WAR TWO BOMBER AIRCRAFT HIROSHIMA
The Enola Gay was part of a second batch of fifteen improved Silverplate bombers built between February and June The Enola Gay 's complete serial number BMO, indicated that it was a B built at the Martin Omaha plant built in block 45, and was ordered in fiscal year The Enola Gay arrived on Tinian on 6 July Prior to flying the first atomic combat mission the Enola Gay flew eight practice missions from Tinian, then two conventional bombing missions over Japan using the pound "pumpkin" high explosive bomb, designed to simulate the characteristics of the Fat Man bomb. On 31 July the Enola Gay carried out a practice drop of the Little Boy weapon, dropping bomb unit L6 which was a complete bomb lacking only the highly enriched uranium to make it active. Paul W. Tibbets, the th commander.
Thomas Ferebee Dies at 81; Dropped First Atomic Bomb
Roosevelt died, to January 20, One of the most important events during Truman's presidency was the closing stages of WW2 and the development of the atomic bomb that was dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the aircraft known as 'Enola Gay'. Colonel Paul Tibbets and the Enola Gay.
Thomas W. Ferebee, the bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, died Thursday in his home in Windermere, Fla. He was