Robert A. Lewis

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Robert A. Lewis (October 18, 1917 - June 18, 1983) was a United States Army Air Forces Officer serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

Lewis grew up in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey and attended Ridgefield Park High School there, graduating in 1937.[1]

Lewis had lived in Smithfield, Virginia for two years before his death of a heart attack at a hospital in Newport News, Virginia.[2]

The Hiroshima Bombing[edit]

On 6 August 1945 Captain Lewis was the co-pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress bomber which dropped the atomic bomb Little Boy on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Normally the aircraft commander assigned to the Enola Gay, for this important mission he acted as co-pilot, assisting Enola Gay's new aircraft commander Colonel Paul Tibbets.

In 1990, an item described as the log from the Hiroshima mission was offered for auction by Christie's by Lewis' widow. The validity of the log could not be confirmed, as there were alternate claims for an authentic version of the Enola Gay's log.[3] The log was bought at auction in 1971 for $37,000, and then purchased in 1978 by Malcolm Forbes for $85,000, for what was then a record price for an American autographed document.[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Fosdick, George. History of Ridgefield Park High School, Ridgefield Park Jr. / Sr. High School Alumni Association. Accessed February 12, 2008. "Bud Lewis '37 was the co-pilot of the Enola Gay Aircraft which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, leading to the end of World War II, a war in which over 1,000 RPHS graduates served. Many years later, when questioned about his role in World War II, Lewis commented, 'I would rather be remembered for being a member of RPHS Championship Football Team than for being the co-pilot of that plane.'"
  2. ^ a b Grusin, Lindsey. "ROBERT A. LEWIS, 65, CO-PILOT ON MISSION OVER HIROSHIMA", The New York Times, June 20, 1983. Accessed February 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "Enola Gay Log at Christie's Is Disputed", The New York Times, December 7, 1990. Accessed February 12, 2008.