01 November 2007

Requiescat in pace

The pilot of the Enola Gay, Paul Tibbets and a native of Quincy, died today. May God look upon him with mercy and grant him peace.

Paul Tibbets, the Quincy, Ill., native who piloted the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Thursday. He was 92 and insisted almost to his dying day that he had no regrets about the mission and slept just fine at night.

Tibbets died at his Columbus home, said Gerry Newhouse, a longtime friend. He suffered from a variety of health problems and had been in decline for two months. [more and more]

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