Thomas Wilson Ferebee (1919-2000), the lead bombardier
aboard the B-29
Superfortress "Enola Gay
", was the man who pulled the lever that dropped the atomic bomb
on August 6, 1945
He believed he was part of a normal mission when he delivered the world's first nuclear weapon to the Japanese city. The "tremendous blinding light" proved otherwise.
Ferebee was a strong proponent of the United States
' decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima until the day he died, March 16, 2000
at the age of 81.