The Enola Gay flew the very first mission targeting a city – Hiroshima – with an atomic bomb. A flight log for the Enola Gay on its journey to Hiroshima was kept by the co-pilot Robert A Lewis. The following are extracts from it.
Lewis kept the log as he knew that the mission would be eventful but was not fully aware why it would be as he knew little about the bomb’s explosive power. He knew it was different as did the rest of the crew but they were pilots and bombers not scientists.
Facts about the flight:
The Enola Gay left Tinian at 02.45 a.m.
The bomb – Little Boy – was dropped at 08.15 a.m.
Little Boy detonated at 08.16.02 a.m.
At 08.16.17 a.m., the Enola Gay was hit by the first of two shock waves from the bomb.
The bomb aimer was Major Tom Ferebee.