Paul Tibbets dead at 92...

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by polishshooter, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001

    Paul Tibbets died today at his home in Ohio.

    Several years ago in the 1990s, at an air show, my son and I were honored to meet him and talk to him a little about his life and THE mission.

    He was a good man, and a talented heavy bomber pilot, selected by History and thrust by duty into a job he neither asked for nor sought glory from, who quietly trained to accomplish the mission, and did so. And over the years has not questioned, or apparently lost any sleep over doing that job, to the best of his ability.

    RIP, Colonel. And Thanks...
  2. Good post, Polish. He was indeed a good man and courageous man. May he rest in peace.

  3. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Nice post Polish, thanks. RIP Col. Tibbets and thank you for your service to our great Nation.

  4. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Great Post.

    RIP General and may God bless each of those mourning your going to the New City of Jerusalem !!!!!!
  5. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Jacksonville, AL
    Rest in peace General Tibbets.
  6. I saw him and his grandson on a program recently. His grandson is Lieuteant Colonel Paul Tibbets IV, commanding a B-2 Stealth bomber squadron!
  7. God Bless you Colonel Tibbets.

    I saw where the family has decided to not mark his grave site

    for fear of the morons desecrating it......what a shame....:(
  8. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
    sad sign of our times:mad:
  9. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    We should all chip in for one of those simple but poignant bronze plaques, and have it say simply..."Paul Tibbets, USAAF, World War II"

    WE and everyone smart enough to understand would get it, while the illiterate moronic masses would walk right by without a if any of them actually ever GO to a cemetery to pay respect.
  10. williamd

    williamd New Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    You owe it to yourselves to see the Enola Gay in all the glory at the Smithsonian Air Museyum south edge of Dulles. Impressive ... attached. There will be many critics but the Tibbets mission and it successor but they saved millions of lives of service men/women and civilians from many countries. Most notable of course, the US and japan.

    On your way out tio the museum stop by NRA headquarters, have lunch in the cafeteria and see the Nat'l Firearms museum.

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  11. An excellent thought, Polish. I often wonder how many complacent Americans have never taken the trouble to vist Arlington. That is a place that will bring tears to your eyes.
  12. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    PS, on our "Anniversary Trip" last week my wife and I visited the Ft Donelson National Battlefield, and it was a pretty good tour, better and more in depth than I expected, actually a neat tour by car after you leave the actual fort and battlements on the Cumberland River/Lake Barkley. And the LAST stop on the tour is the small "National Cemetery" there...even my wife, who is a trooper but is bored stiff at museums and battlefields (Oh WOW another cannon! Can we leave NOW?:p) enjoyed the quiet and inspiring stroll through it, seeing all the graves of the "unknown soldiers" of the Civil War, and then the "newer" ones, vets from WWII through is truly moving...

    And William, believe it or not I have not been to Washington yet, but "Bock's Car" is (was? It's been a while, I'll have to go back,,,) displayed at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Pat AFB in Dayton, about an hour from where I live, I have seen it several times, and it too is impressive...
  13. Hmmm, wasn't it at Forts Henry and Donelson where that drunk damnyankee Grant first made his piratical attack on the Confederate Mississippi? I'm surprised he didn't trip and fall into the Mississippi, never to be heard from again. :D;):p
  14. williamd

    williamd New Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    On August 9, 1945, the Bock's Car dropped an atomic bomb (the "Fat Man") on Nagasaki, instantly killing tens of thousands of people. This marked only the second time in history that the atomic bomb had been used.

    Just as its counterpart the Enola Gay, the Bock's Car had been altered to serve the purpose of carrying and deploying the heavy bomb. Adaptations included removing most of the armament; installing heavier racks to support the heavy bomb; and replacing the engines.

    The plane was named after its Frederick Bock, the plane's commander. However, on the day of the Nagasaki bombing, Bock switched planes with Charles W. Sweeney, whose regular plane was The Great Artiste. The Bocks Car and its crew left Tinian in the Marianas Islands in the middle of the night. Its mission was to bomb the industrial city of Kokura, but the target was blocked by clouds and smog. The contingent plan was for bombing Nagasaki, so the plane flew to that city and dropped its cargo. This second bombing prompted the surrender of Japan and the war ended shortly thereafter.

    The Bock's Car was restored, and, in 1961, it went on permanent display at the Air Force Museum, located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

    Great planes, great crews. We owe them a lot.

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