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originally posted by: noonebutme
a reply to: Wolfenz
It's genuinely incredible and humbling to learn of what your ancestors did in regards to serving in war.
As I mentioned, I never had a clue and they never ever let on about it. I can only assume, unlike what Hollywood often portrays, it was awful and in many cases spirit destroying. No doubt the mental wounds never heal and they carried them around for the rest of their lives.
And I know they did the best they could to save me from know what that burden was like. Just as yours and everyone else's did.
I love learning about this type of history - the sort where your lineage had such an impact and you yourself were never away of it. Very inspiring.
During the last year of the war, my dad was stationed on Tinian and in charge of the Propeller Shop. He was awarded a Bronze Star for that service because ALL of the B-29s that pounded Japan during the final months of the war were able to go and return safely to Tinian and Saipan as a result of the repair work done in that Shop. This included the Enola Gay and Bockscar. Enola Gay's mission to Hiroshima was successfully completed as planned, and the plane safely returned to Tinian, but Bockscar had little fuel left after its mission to Nagasaki on landing at Okinawa because of tactical mistakes. My father had been responsible for alerting Col. Tibbets as to how to synchronize the propellers to conserve fuel for his trip. The weight of the atomic bombs would have made a safe return trip impossible without this modification. Another little known fact is that the planes and crews for the mission to drop the 1st Atomic Bomb were secreted away from the B-29s flying regular missions, on the far side of Tinian, and unknown to the other crews. Col. Tibbets came to see my father to get the information under top secret conditions. - Respectfully written and submitted by E. Diane Lapointe