DIRECTORFelt, Jonathan S.
TITLEEnola Gay: First Atomic Mission
DISTRIBUTORThe Greenwich Workshop
RUNNING TIME17 minutes

This film is narrated by the surviving crew members of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, an event which still resonates in America and Japan. The tail gunner, radio operator, bombardier, and pilot offer their memories of the training and the historic mission. Some interesting clips of training at Wendover Air Force Base, Utah, are shown, as are clips of the crew before and after takeoff. A recording of Chaplain Downey’s historic prayer for the mission is included. Except for Tibbets, the crew members emphasize how little they knew at the time, and the shock of the devastation that they caused. The crew members justify their mission as one that ended World War II and saved lives. The film, which is about 16 minutes long, was part of a cancelled exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution on the 50th anniversary of the Enola Gay mission that sparked considerable controversy among historians and veterans over how the use of the atomic bomb should be interpreted.

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