AUTHORPolmar, Norman
TITLEThe Enola Gay: The B-29 That Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima
PUBLISHERBrassey’s
CITYWashington D.C.
DATE PUBLISHED2004
ISBN1-57488-859-5


This book provides a thorough examination of the history of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and its effects on the fundamental nature of warfare, with a particular focus on its famous marriage with the atomic bomb in the Enola Gay. It unites the history of the development and operation of the B-29 with stories of the Enola Gay, highlighting associated military, technological, and political ramifications. The book chronicles the evolution of the Boeing B-29 into one of the United States Air Force’s premier aircrafts in World War II, and its subsequent involvement in the Manhattan Project. An entire section is devoted to the 509th Bomb Wing, the group of B-29s assigned to train for atomic bomb deployment, providing a detailed account of the mission plans and training routines for the Hiroshima bound Enola Gay and the Nagasaki bound Bockscar. Both nuclear strikes are covered in detail. The book then shifts to a post-World War II perspective, focusing on the B-29's emergence as a reconnaissance aircraft as well as the Soviet's copying of it. The final chapter details the Enola Gay's restoration and exhibition history, through 2004. Appendices offer a variety of information, such as a list of B-29 models and a collection of Boeing’s schematic blueprints for the B-29 originally intended for the military. The author is a specialist in aviation and intelligence issues and has published widely on the subject.


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