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A-Bomb pilot dies

PAUL TIBBETS, one of the Enola Gay pilots who dropped the first A-Bomb on Japan in the summer of 1945, died on November 1 at his house in Colombus, Ohio, in the United States.

Tibbets, who was 92, was seriously ill for a couple of months and already suffered several heart attacks and breathing difficulties.

As a member of a group of seven who piloted the B-29, Paul Tibbets said several times he never regretted his participation on the assignment of the A-Bomb.

The bomber aircraft Tibbets piloted would become famous as the Enola Gay and

was immortalised in a hit record Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) in the 80s.

The plane transported the first atomic bomb ever launched against civil targets on August 6, 1945, when the Japanese town of Hiroshima almost disappeared from the map and 78,000 people died immediately after the bombing.

The total number of victims rose to 140.000 by the end of that year in a city of 350.000 inhabitants. Three days after the first strike, the United States released a second atomic attack over Nagasaki, killing another 40.000 people.

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