From the Columbus Dispatch
Paul Tibbets Jr., who flew the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb — on Hiroshima, Japan — died this morning at his East Side home. He was 92.
Although no one from that generation will tell you they were ever happy or ‘proud’ regarding those who died in that war, no one can deny that the bombs dropped in Japan, although killing thousands, spared the lives of even more and ended the war.
Colonel Tibbets’ family is in our thoughts and we honor his service to the Nation and the world.