Last revised: June 22, 2007

Charles 'Mac' McCarville Photo Album
(Bremerhaven - Charlie Flight - 1954-1957)

Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets (USAF Retired) and Charles McCarville

Guest Speaker, for our 2002 Reunion, General Paul Tibbets, (b. February 23, 1915) Pilot, had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, but Mac had a chance to meet with him, and received the following letter:

Janet McCarville, Paul W. Tibbets, Charles McCarville

Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets, Commander of the 509th Group, flew the "Enola Gay", (Boeing B-29 Superfortress), that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945.

The name of Colonel Paul Tibbets personal B-29 was "Enola Gay' named after his mother.

(1949) Paul W. Tibbets (2nd from left)
----- "Enola Gay" Crew -----
Theodore J. VanKirk (1921-   ) Navigator
Paul W. Tibbets
(1915-   ) Pilot
Thomas W. Ferebee
(1918-2000) Bombardier

The letter "R" in a circle on the tail was the standard ID for the Sixth Bomb Group . The change from the familiar arrowhead on the tail was to confuse the enemy if they made contact, which they did not.


Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets (USAF Retired)  


Last revised: June 22, 2007

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