Enola Gay Pilot Tibbets Dies At 92

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The man who piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II has died.

A spokesman says Paul Tibbets died today at his home in Columbus, Ohio, from a variety of health problems. He was 92 years old.

According to a longtime friend, Tibbets requested no funeral and no headstone. He was afraid it would give his detractors a place to protest.

The bomb known as "Little Boy" was the first atomic weapon used in war. Tens of thousands of people were killed in an instant when the bomb was dropped on August 6th, 1945.

Japan surrendered nine days later, ending World War II.

Tibbets left the Air Force as a brigadier general in 1966. In the 1970s, he and his wife moved to Columbus, where he became president of an executive jet-taxi service.

He retired in 1985.

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