Pilot had no regrets about Hiroshima

Pilot had no regrets about Hiroshima

There are 14 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Nov 2, 2007, titled Pilot had no regrets about Hiroshima. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Paul W. Tibbets Jr., who piloted the Enola Gay B-29 Superfortress bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb in combat, died Thursday at his home in Columbus, Ohio.

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87zrh

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Nov 2, 2007
are they going to hold ceremonies for him in japan??
janetM

Union, KY

#2 Nov 2, 2007
In war you have to do some things that are distasteful. I am sure that Col. Tibbets didn't like doing what he was ordered to do but orders are orders. Dropping the bomb saved million of Japanese lives as well as hundreds of thousands of American lives. Those casualty figures were estimated if we had invaded Japan. Ask the veterans who had been tasked with the invasion, their lives were saved and very few ever lament dropping the bomb. For Col. Tibbets, Rest in peace sir, you did what you had to and a lot of vets are alive because you did!
John

Dublin, Ireland

#3 Nov 2, 2007
He was only following orders

Wait...where have I heard that before
Charlie manson

Newark, OH

#4 Nov 2, 2007
was the tail gunner.
rmk23

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Nov 2, 2007
That's the point.
Dooh

United States

#6 Nov 2, 2007
I hear his son is on his way to Iran! It's going to be the world's largest glass skating rink!

The guy is a hero in my book!
vegetarians taste better

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Nov 2, 2007
87zrh wrote:
are they going to hold ceremonies for him in japan??
What planet are you from?
Jake

Louisville, KY

#8 Nov 2, 2007
Dropping those two bombs without a doubt saved at least a million lives, American and Japanese. A landing assault on Japan would have made D-Day look like a Sunday picnic.
Jeb

Florence, KY

#10 Nov 2, 2007
87zrh wrote:
are they going to hold ceremonies for him in japan??
They should...possibly millions of them lived to see the end of the war who would not have otherwise.
bel

Cleveland, OH

#11 Nov 2, 2007
Feel free to read and submit stories of World War 2 Heroes at
www.hww2.com
Heroes of World War 2
Anymous

Hayward, CA

#12 Dec 22, 2007
Wow.
Anonymous

Hayward, CA

#13 Dec 22, 2007
Interesting.
Onlooker

AOL

#15 Dec 22, 2007
It was calculated that there would be 1 million Allied (mainly American) casualties and at least 2 million Japanese casualties.

The two bombs cost far fewer lives than this.

And no, the Japanese were not disposed to surrender until after the Nagasaki bomb was dropped.

And for what it's worth, we killed more Japanese when we firebombed Tokoyo.
LOGICIAN

AOL

#16 Dec 22, 2007
Jeb wrote:
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They should...possibly millions of them lived to see the end of the war who would not have otherwise.
Exactly right, Jeb. If I were the pilot, my onlyd regret would be that Japan had started that bloody war and would not surrender and this had to happen. I would regret that Japan was led by bloodthirsty maniacal warlords. I would regret that what I did -- had to be done.

But it was the right decision, it saved countless lives of our soldiers and theirs, not to mention their civilians if we'd had to conduct a ground war.

I would NOT regret having done my job. Not for a moment.

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