Paul Tibbets

1915 - 2007

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Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. (23 February 1915 – 1 November 2007) was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Tibbets has received more than 2,794,594 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Paul Tibbets is the 153rd most popular military personnel (up from 175th in 2019), the 411th most popular biography from United States (up from 464th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Military Personnel.

Paul Tibbets was most famous for being the pilot of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

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Among military personnels, Paul Tibbets ranks 153 out of 2,058Before him are Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Ludwig Beck, Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse, Chūichi Nagumo, and Antipater. After him are Pittacus of Mytilene, Józef Poniatowski, Alfred von Schlieffen, Semyon Timoshenko, Abraha, and Hermann Fegelein.

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Among people born in 1915, Paul Tibbets ranks 16Before him are David Rockefeller, Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, Eli Wallach, Paul Samuelson, and Billie Holiday. After him are Stanley Matthews, Joachim Peiper, Hu Yaobang, Jerome Bruner, Aung San, and Sviatoslav Richter. Among people deceased in 2007, Paul Tibbets ranks 12Before him are Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean Baudrillard, Ève Curie, Marcel Marceau, Anna Nicole Smith, and Mstislav Rostropovich. After him are Kurt Vonnegut, Mohammed Zahir Shah, Carlo Ponti, Sidney Sheldon, Benazir Bhutto, and Kai Siegbahn.

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Among people born in United States, Paul Tibbets ranks 411 out of 20,380Before him are Sarah Vaughan (1924), Philip Roth (1933), Billie Holiday (1915), Frank Herbert (1920), Prince (1958), and Jack Ruby (1911). After him are Willis Carrier (1876), Kurt Vonnegut (1922), Jon Brower Minnoch (1941), Charles Francis Richter (1900), Herman Hollerith (1860), and Melvin Calvin (1911).


Among military personnels born in United States, Paul Tibbets ranks 6Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), George S. Patton (1885), Robert E. Lee (1807), Robert Peary (1856), and Chester W. Nimitz (1885). After him are George Armstrong Custer (1839), Albert Pike (1809), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Benedict Arnold (1741).