Tinian

With the successful test of Trinity, final preparations for the bomb's use on Japan were being made. For the past year, the 509th Composite Bomb Group, under command of Col. Paul Tibbets, had been preparing for the mission at a secluded air base in Wendover, Utah.

On June 10, 1945, the 509th Bomb Group and their new B-29 bombers arrived on Tinian, located 1,500 miles southeast of Japan. It was chosen because of its long runways, which the heavily loaded bombers would require for take-off.

The components of the bombs had been sent by cruiser to Tinian in May and the fissionable material was flown out in mid-July. The two atomic bombs were assembled on Tinian, with final assembly to be done in light.


Enola Gay Crew
Enola Gay Crew

The crew of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Bock's Car Crew
Bockscar Crew

The crew of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

Little Boy on Tinian
Preparing Little Boy

Final preparation of Little Boy.

Little Boy on Tinian
Little Boy on Tinian

The actual bomb ready to be loaded aboard the Enola Gay.

Fat Man
Preparing Fat Man

Final prepartions to the Fat Man bomb.

Fat Man
Fat Man on Tinian

The Fat Man bomb on it's transport dolly.

Col. Tibbets
Plutonium Core

Harold Agnew with the plutonium core.

Col. Tibbets
Pre-flight Briefing

Hiroshima mission pre-flight briefing

Col. Tibbets
Col. Tibbets

Col. Tibbets aboard the Enola Gay.

Col. Tibbets
Enola Gay's Return

Enola Gay's return to Tinian

Col. Tibbets
Enola Gay

A color photograph of Enola Gay

Col. Tibbets
Bockscar

A color photograph of Bockscar

Col. Tibbets
The Great Artiste

A color photograph of The Great Artiste