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Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)

Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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Lieutenant Jacob 'Jake' Beser
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Lucy Tibbets
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Major Tom Ferebee
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Captain Bob Lewis
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Major Wiiliam 'Bud' Uanna
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Sergeant Shug Crawford
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Captain William 'Deke' Parsons
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Field Marshall Abehata
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Alexander Sachs
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Secretary of War Stimson
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Captain Claude Eatherly
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Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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23 November 1980 (USA)  »

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The other pilots refer to Captain Bob Lewis as having been Tibbets' "fair-haired boy on two continents." While Lewis was an experienced test pilot, he had not yet served overseas at that point. See more »

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Colonel Paul Tibbets: Improperly commandeered an airplane...
Captain Bob Lewis: I was on official business.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Lost in the middle of a snowstorm...
Captain Bob Lewis: Do you expect me to control the weather?
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Didn't occur to you to use instruments...
Captain Bob Lewis: My compass was out, SIR.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Set down in the middle of a corn field...
Captain Bob Lewis: It was on the approach to the airport.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: So why didn't you use the airport?
Captain Bob Lewis: Because I was out of gas! It was one gorgeous piece of flying.
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Well done historical drama
25 May 2001 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

I suspect some of the subplots in this historical film are total fiction. But they're harmless enough and add to what could have been as dull and dry as Los Alamos itself. There is a good bit of humour injected into what is a serious and tragic story but it fits well. The integration of newsreel footage and the dissolves from black and white to colour are particularly effective. Surprisingly there is no mention of the subsequent Nagasaki bombing or the tragedy of the USS Indianapolis which played a vital role in transporting the bomb to Tinian and was torpedoed on her return journey. (Thats a movie in itself.) The film is not a history lesson. It is a darned good war movie.


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