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Pilot of plane that dropped A-bomb dies

November 1, 2007

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Paul Tibbets, who piloted the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Thursday. He was 92 and insisted almost to his dying day that he had no regrets about the mission and slept just fine at night.

Tibbets died at his Columbus home, said Gerry Newhouse, a longtime friend. He suffered from a variety of health problems and had been in decline for two months.

Tibbets had requested no funeral and no headstone, fearing it would provide his detractors with a place to protest, Newhouse said.

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In this undated handout picture from the U.S.Army Air Force, the ground crew of the Enola Gay B29 bomber which bombed Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945 with the ‘Little Boy’ atomic bomb, stands with pilot Col. Paul W. Tibbets, center, in the Marianas Islands. Tibbets died Thursday, Nov.1, 2007, at his Columbus, Ohio, home. He was 92.