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    Hiroshima bomb pilot dies aged 92

    The commander of the B-29 plane that dropped the first atomic bomb, on Hiroshima in Japan, has died.
    Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr died at his home in Columbus, Ohio, aged 92.

    The five-ton "Little Boy" bomb was dropped on the morning of 6 August 1945, killing about 140,000 Japanese, with many of them dying later.

    On the 60th anniversary of the bombing, the three surviving crew members of the Enola Gay - named after Tibbet's mother - said they had "no regrets".

    'No headstone'

    A friend of the retired brigadier-general told AP news agency that Paul Tibbets had died after a two-month decline in health.

    Gen Tibbets had asked for no funeral nor headstone as he feared opponents of the bombing may use it as a place of protest, the friend, Gerry Newhouse, said.

    The bombing of Hiroshima marked the beginning of the end of the war in the Pacific.

    Japan surrendered shortly after a second bomb was dropped, on Nagasaki, three days later.

    On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, the surviving members of the Enola Gay crew - Gen Tibbets, Theodore J "Dutch" Van Kirk (the navigator) and Morris R Jeppson (weapon test officer) said: "The use of the atomic weapon was a necessary moment in history. We have no regrets".

    Gen Tibbets said then: "Thousands of former soldiers and military family members have expressed a particularly touching and personal gratitude suggesting that they might not be alive today had it been necessary to resort to an invasion of the Japanese home islands to end the fighting."

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    Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr was born in Quincy, Illinois, in 1915 and spent most of his youth in Miami.

    He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1937 and led bombing operations in Europe before returning to test the Superfortress.

    He retired from the forces in 1966.

    In a 1975 interview he said: "I'm proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it and have it work as perfectly as it did... I sleep clearly every night."

    In 1976, Gen Tibbets was criticised for re-enacting the bombing at an air show in Texas.

    A mushroom cloud was set off as he over flew in a B-29 Superfortress in a stunt that outraged Japan. Gen Tibbets said it was not meant as an insult but the US government formally apologised.

    In 1995, Gen Tibbets denounced as a "damn big insult" a planned 50th anniversary exhibition of the Enola Gay at the Smithsonian Institution that put the bombing in context of the suffering it caused.

    He and veterans groups said too much attention was being paid to Japan's suffering and not enough to its military brutality.

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    BBC NEWS | Americas | Hiroshima bomb pilot dies aged 92

    Published: 2007/11/01 16:57:00 GMT

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    oh i dunno, I think I'd have regrets.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Yeah, I don't think I could live with killing thousands of people.

    And seriously, are people still trying to protest this, this many years later? Come on, have a grave marker.

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    Well he lived here and he died here and we do NOT need a bunch of idiot protesters(who know NOTHING about the realities of WW2) camping out at a cemetary every August 6th so good on him for no gravestone.
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    ^ Yeah, true I guess, I just wouldn't have thought people would have even thought about him or taken it that far.

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    The whole reenactment thing sounds really crass to me. I can't imagine not having regrets, not after seeing the devastation it caused on civilians.

    I guess Oppenheimer took it much worse than this guy.

    My parents were shown Enola Gay in a military base in the US and they have a picture of it. It creeped me out, even just seeing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanna View Post
    The whole reenactment thing sounds really crass to me. I can't imagine not having regrets, not after seeing the devastation it caused on civilians.

    I guess Oppenheimer took it much worse than this guy.

    My parents were shown Enola Gay in a military base in the US and they have a picture of it. It creeped me out, even just seeing it.
    The reenactment stunt with the mushroom cloud was crass and unnecessary IMO as well.
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    I am sure the poor man had regrets. He probably felt if he voice them than it would mean he somehow didn't believe in the country he would give his life for. I feel for him. May he rest in peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojiita View Post
    Well he lived here and he died here and we do NOT need a bunch of idiot protesters(who know NOTHING about the realities of WW2) camping out at a cemetary every August 6th so good on him for no gravestone.
    Agree - these soldiers follow orders. They are the ones who get spit on and shit on when they don't really even get a say in what they do - not after they enlist.
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    Those soldiers are also able to refuse orders, but it comes with consequences.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanna View Post
    My parents were shown Enola Gay in a military base in the US and they have a picture of it. It creeped me out, even just seeing it.
    i hear the words 'enola gay' and i immediately start singing the song in my head.
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