1945: Tibbets to Crew: Now we wait

Colonel Tibbets, in command of the air force wing that will deliver and drop the bomb on Japan, calls a meeting for his crew. Closed doors. Flight crews and section chiefs only.

He tells the assembled crew: You’re on alert. As soon as weather permits, we’ll be delivering the first of the special “gimmick” weapons. Detailed planning is essentially over. We’re waiting for clear weather for visual bombing.