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Paul Tibbets
Birth name Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr.
Born (1915-02-23)23 February 1915
Quincy, Illinois, U.S.
Died 1 November 2007(2007-11-01) (aged 92)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1937–1966
Rank Brigadier general
Commands held 340th Bombardment Squadron
509th Composite Group
308th Bombardment Wing
6th Air Division
Battles/wars

World War II:

Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
Purple Heart
Air Medal (4)
Other work Charter Pilot and President of Executive Jet Aviation

Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr (February 23, 1915 – November 1, 2007) was a Brigadier general for the United States Air Force from 1937 to 1966. Paul is famous for dropping the first Atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the B-29 Superfortress called Enola Gay. He was born in Quincy, Illinois.

Tibbets died of heart failure after suffering a small stroke in Columbus, Ohio, aged 92. His remains were cremated where his ashes were later scattered across the English Channel.

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