Replacements were found or fabricated, and marked so that future curators could distinguish them from the original components.
Last surviving Hiroshima bomb crew member dies
The crew encountered a number of problems in execution, and had very little fuel by the time they landed at the emergency backup landing site Yontan Airfield on Okinawa. HarwitDirector of the National Air and Space Museum, was compelled to resign over the controversy. Krauss, Robert; Krauss, Amelia In contrast to the Hiroshima mission, the Nagasaki mission has been described as tactically botched, although the mission did meet its objectives. On 5 Augustduring preparation for the first atomic mission, Tibbets assumed command of the aircraft and named it after his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets, who, in turn, had been named for the heroine of a novel. Enola Gay was used on 31 July on a rehearsal flight for the actual mission. P Enola Gay Crew Members ".
McVay III 's quarters. The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Enola Gay' s crew on 6 Augustconsisted of 12 men. Nelson, "Enola Gay" Radioman. Archived from the original on 2 February