Paul Tibbets,b29, Instructor Pilot, Lady Bird, Wasp Pilots,509th Composite Group
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Paul Tibbets,b29, Instructor Pilot, Lady Bird, Wasp Pilots,509th Composite Group:
Hello, What I am listing Isa great photo of historical significance. This Is an 8 x 10 group photograph with Paul Tibbets autographing as Instructor Pilot ( how many times have you seen him autograph like that )
Please note this Is the last autographed photo that I have with just Paul's signature as Instructor Pilot, this photograph before Paul autographed It, was chemically reproduced from a negative.
After completing over 50 combat missions as a B-17 Pilot flying missions over North Africa In 1942-43, Paul Returned to the United States to become an Instructor Pilot working with the newly designed B-29's. The new B-29's had problems with engine fires, some pilots labeled It as dangerous and refused to fly the aircraft.Paul Tibbets came up with an Idea, after a through checkout, Didi Moorman, and Dora Dougherty,two very qualified Woman Airforce Service Pilots known as WASPS, flew a B29 to Alamogordo, New Mexico.When men saw that two women could fly a B29 their attitudes changed.
Their B29 was named " Ladybird" many on their crew were part of the B29 testing program and later became part of the 509th Composite Group, two flying on Atomic Missions.Dora actually ended up In the 509th Composite Group flying C-54's with Scientists on board testing Proximity Fuses.Dora had to leave Wendover December 20th 1944 when the Wasp program was disbanded.
You will receive the 8 x 10 autographed photo, copy of Dora's Discharge from Wendover Army Airfield, Letter from Dora, copy of Dora's Instrument Pilot Certificate signed by Charles Albury and Paul Tibbets, and letter from DiDi these are copies not originals.
People In the photograph taken In 2001 at Akron Ohio Air Show, L-R Dora, Paul, DiDi, Charles Albury, Amelia Krauss, and I, Robert Krauss, am standing In the back row. This was my Idea to put this group together again after almost 50 years.
The autograph on this photo was autographed 17 or more years ago.
You are purchasing from an Historian who researched 509th Composite Group photos for 25 years. Most photos being sold were "unearthed" by me. I have sold to collectors, historians and dealers. All my photo work was done by a professional street level brick and mortar photo lab. All our photos are sharp, clear as good as originals or better. Invest In the best while the prices are In your favor.
The autographs on the photo are real, actual, and obtained by me. ThisIs not ascan, reprint, copy or forgery. If you want to read and learn more about the 509th you can purchase a copy of our book "The 509th Remembered" on our site of the same name.
I was elected an honorary member of the 509th In 2001, I have attended all Reunions since 1990, I have been the Reunion Chairman 2001-2006,2008,to and Including2017. Please e-mail me with your questions, I will combine for postal savings. Please see my rating and comments.
Thank you and Happy offerding!!!!
I will accept other forms of payment If you request It, but per rules you must request It. Postage Includes Delivery Confirmation.