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World War II - A Debt We Need to Remember

Dena Hamilton - Tuesday, May 31, 2011
In honor of Memorial Day-

This is the first blog I've written for notes other than leather-related information, or things I thought would be of interest specific to musicians and other Great Leather enthusiasts.

But I received an email with a link to Moose Peterson Aviation Photography where their site shares photos of World War II planes and WWII statistics in a tribute entitled, "A Debt We Need To Remember."   I found that I, as many of you, have a personal link to the information presented there.

My father was part of the ground crew for the Enola Gay, also known as Little Boy, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb effectively leading to the end of WWII. Little Boy's bolts and engine were my dad's responsibility. I always knew that thousands of men were interviewed for his job, for his role in World War II, but after reading these incredible numbers I wonder if maybe millions of names were looked at. Now that daddy is gone, I wished he had shared his thoughts and this experience with me. He never spoke of it.

The statistics of WWII are staggering, the sacrifice unfathomable.  It was the largest human effort in history.

I hope you will look at this page and remember - or imagine.


P.S.  I just found a photo and a very interesting letter from Sgt. Jean Cooper. (Jean was also an engine mechanic so he would have worked very closely with my dad.)  It reminds me that to each of these WWII statistics, there is a person with a story.

Then here is a photo notation from Col. Paul Tibbets (pilot) that I think expresses the way he felt about the ground crew. It supports the things I heard from the 509th reunions, along with the fact that Col. Tibbets wrote a letter to my mother when daddy died, expressing his sympathy.

You can find more historic letters and photos if you click "Back to Gallery" when visiting "The Joseph Papalia Collection" or in other pages from the "The Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association, Inc."