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Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lucey Tibbets
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Maj. William 'Bill' M. Uanna - Security Officer, Operation Silverplate
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Maj. Gen. Vernon C. Brent
Larry Gates ...
Capt. William 'Deak' Parsons, USN
Marilyn Erskine ...
Marge Bratton
Stephen Dunne ...
Maj. Harry Bratton, Co-Pilot B-29 Tests
Robert Burton ...
Gen. Samuel E. Roberts (Tibbets' CO in Africa)
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Dr. Ramsey
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Dr. Van Dyke (as Larry Dobkin)
Jack Raine ...
Dr. Fiske
Jonathan Cott ...
Capt. Dutch van Kirk (Navigator, Enola Gay)
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Maj. Thomas Ferebee (Enola Gay Bombardier)
Dick Simmons ...
Capt. Robert A. Lewis (Co-Pilot, Enola Gay)
John McKee ...
Staff Sergeant Wyatt E. Duzenbury, Enola Gay Flight Engineer
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The story of Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, the bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Although unaware of the full potential of this new weapon, he knows that it is capable of doing tremendously more damage than any other weapon used before, and that the death toll resulting from it will be enormous. He is reluctant to be the person who will end so many lives, but if using it may bring an end to the war, then not doing so may result in even more lives being lost in continued ground assaults as the fighting goes on. At the same time, the intense secrecy surrounding this mission leaves him with no one he can express his thoughts and doubts to, not even his wife. As time goes on, the pressure upon him only increase. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The personal story of pretty Lucey Tibbets who had the hard luck to fall in love with a hero. This is the story that changed their lives---and our lives---forever! See more »


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2 January 1953 (USA)  »

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Eagle on His Cap  »

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Trivia

The B-29 representing Tibbet's plane, shown landing on Tinian, has a tail designation of "T - Square - 5". In actuality, this was "Joltin' Josie, The Pacific Pioneer." It was the very first B-29 to land on the new runways on Saipan. The film of it landing may very well be the original film of the actual plane arriving at Saipan on 12 October 1944. The "T" on the tail is for the 498th Bomb Group, the "square" means the 73rd Bomb Wing, and plane number 5 was part of the 873rd Bomb Squadron. This aircraft, piloted by Capt. Wilson C. Currier, crashed on takeoff from Saipan on 1 April 1945 with the loss of the entire crew according to the book, "Rain of Fire, B-29s over Japan, 1945" by Charles L. Phillips (USAF Ret.). See more »

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Toward the end the ground crew is seen pushing the atomic bomb over to the Enola Gay's bomb bay for apparent loading then scene cuts. In fact "Little Boy" was so big that it would not fit under a B-29 to load in a conventional manner. A concrete pit was built to lower the bomb into and the Enola Gay was then positioned over the pit to be able to upload the bomb. See more »

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Good Work
26 June 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Real good work. Its straight ahead, no frills film-making had me in its grip every step of the way. Just a good old-fashioned major studio A picture; it's like tooling around in a luxury car. And I don't care what anybody says - Robert Taylor was a fine actor. I've seen a number of his films now and he hasn't given a bad performance yet. It is a tad disconcerting to have Mr. McGoo playing General Curtis LeMay, but it's a small part and I let it slide.


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