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Hiroshima Tail Gunner Mementos Sold

February 12, 2000

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) _ Items collected by the tail gunner on the plane that dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima will auctioned off.

The photos, books, clothing and other mementos are part of the estate of George Robert Caron. He was on the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.

Caron, who was given a camera at the last moment, snapped a roll of photographs as the mushroom cloud ascended. His photographs of the explosion were printed on millions of leaflets that were dropped over Japan the next day.

Kay Caron, his widow, and their four children are auctioning the material Sunday. Among the objects is a photograph signed by five of the bomber’s 12-man crew.

``We want it to be in the hands of people who will appreciate the history,″ said his daughter, Jane Wunder.

After the war, Caron worked as a design engineer for Sundstrand Corp. He died in 1995 of complications from pneumonia at age 75.

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