Colonel Tibbets: The Manhattan Project

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The sole purpose of Colonel Tibbets’ 509th Composite Group was to carry out the mission mapped out by the U.S. government. The Manhattan Project, or as it was also known as codename Silverplate, was formed out of the United States’ fear that Germany may have created weapons of mass destruction (Bateman 2004, 109; Historic Wendover Airfield Foundation 16). It was imperative for the U.S. to harness atomic power before Hitler and the axis powers could use it against the allied forces (Posey 2011). It is important to note that while Colonel Tibbets understood his assignment of delivering the atomic bomb to Japan, members of his unit only knew their specific job at Wendover. Secrecy was of utmost importance. Most of the soldiers were unaware of

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