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Enola Gay: The Song, The B-29 Plane and The Hiroshima Bomb

Updated on June 7, 2019

Enola Gay by OMD

 Enola Gay, you should have stayed at home yesterday
Aha words can't describe the feeling and the way you lied

These games you play, they're gonna end in more than tears someday
Aha Enola Gay, it shouldn't ever have to end this way

It's 8:15, and that's the time that it's always been
We got your message on the radio, conditions normal and you're coming home

Enola Gay, is mother proud of little boy today
Aha this kiss you give, it's never ever gonna fade away

Enola Gay, it shouldn't ever have to end this way
Aha Enola Gay, it shouldn't fade in our dreams away

It's 8:15, and that's the time that it's always been
We got your message on the radio, conditions normal and you're coming home

Enola Gay, is mother proud of little boy today
Aha this kiss you give, it's never ever gonna fade away

The B-29 Plane and the Hiroshima Bomb

At first glance the lyrics of Enola gay appear to be a typical love song highlighting a lovers tiff.

However, this could not be further from the truth.

The Enola Gay, was the B-29 plane used to drop the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima on the 6th August 1945. The bomb was dropeed at 8.15am.

The pilot, Paul Tibbets, named the plane Enola Gay after his mother. He was later reported to have said he regretted having associated his mothers name with such an atrocious event. But at the time the pilot and crew were unaware of the devastation their mission would unleash.

The 9,700-pound uranium bomb "little boy" was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, located on Honshu Island facing the Inland Sea. Hiroshima had a civilian population of almost 300,000 and approximately 43,000 soldiers.

 Exact figures are unknown butit is estimated some 70,000 people died as a result of the initial blast. A further 30,000 have thought to have perished from the following fires and radiation. Five years after the act it is believed cancer and other side effects brought the total death toll to 200,000.

The pilot radioed through to his commanders when the mission was complete stating that "conditions are normal" this could not have been further from the truth.

The words of  the Enola Gay song are disturbing yet poignant. When played alongside the awful truth of the atomic bomb, it is far from a simple love song.

Flight crew of Enola gay

 Col. Paul W. Tibbets, 509th Group CO and pilot
Capt. Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot
Lt. Jacob Beser, radar countermeasure officer
Navy Capt. William "Deak" Parsons, Manhattan Project Scientist
Sgt. Joseph S. Stiborik, radar operator
S/Sgt. George R. Caron, tail gunner
Pfc. Richard H. Nelson, radio operator
Sgt. Robert H. Shumard, assistant engineer
S/Sgt. Wyatt E. Duzenbury, flight engineer
Lt. Col. John Porter, ground maintenance officer
Capt. Theodore J. Van Kirk, navigator
Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee, bombardier


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      8 years ago

      It is a great song! It tells the truth. So sad you just needed to know the significance!

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      so sad 

      9 years ago

      this is so sad i thought it was a good song until i learnt the truth

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      Brenda Barnes 

      10 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is a wonderful description of that tragic day. Ramifications of that "kiss" last even today and will for generations more. I liked this very much. The subject matter is seldom handled and you did it in a lovely and lyrical way that makes what happened even more sad.

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      10 years ago

      the lyrics are beyond distrubing.

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      Heather Coleman 

      10 years ago from UK

      thank you for reading. I agree about the event it is one many discussions could come from.

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      10 years ago from Florida

      Well done!

      I, like 50 Caliber, also have mixed feelings.

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      50 Caliber 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      A very good write. I have mixed feelings on this event, sorta like "you don't paint your body with blood before jumping in the shark infested water" Peace 50


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