Hiroshima Pilot Paul Tibbets Dead at 92
And Paul Tibbets, pilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, has died at the age of ninety-two. Tibbets named his plane the Enola Gay after his mother. He remained a steadfast supporter of the bombing until his death. In 1982, the film Atomic Café compiled government propaganda footage designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety. Tibbets was among those featured.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: “I have been accused of being insane, being a drunkard, being everything that you could imagine a derelict to be as a result of a guilty conscience for doing this, and as I say, no one's ever come to my defense in that regard. I look at it this way, that my part in this thing may well have been something that later or now that the U.S. government might be looking at somewhat with a guilt complex. And the feeling could be that the less said about it by the United States government, the better.”
He once said that he has never lost a night’s sleep over bombing Haroshima.