Enola Gay Tibbets was the name of the mother of pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets, one of the most experienced B-29 fliers of WWII. The name was painted on the nose of the four-engine heavy bomber B-29 piloted by Tibbets, shortly before the bombing of Hiroshima. On the morning of August 6, 1945, Tibbets and crew flew the atomic bomb Little Boy to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, where the Enola Gay became the first aircraft to ever drop an atomic bomb in the history of warfare. The Enola Gay also conducted weather reconnaissance in the preparations for the bombing of the city of Nagasaki. The target city originally being Kokura was changed to Nagasaki due to reported clouds and smoke.
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