August 21, 2003 by

George Marquardt

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Gen. George William Marquardt, the Army pilot who photographed the atomic attack on Hiroshima, died on Aug. 15. Cause of death was not released. He was 84.
On Aug. 6, 1945, Marquardt flew the plane, “Necessary Evil,” right beside the “Enola Gay,” the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Marquardt captured the blast on film. At least 80,000 people were killed in the attack.
Three days later, Marquardt was flying the Enola Gay beside the bomber “Bock’s Car” when it launched the atomic bomb against Nagasaki. According to the Nagasaki City Atomic Bomb Records Preservation Committee, more than 73,800 people died.
“I have never for one moment regretted my participating in the dropping of the A-bomb. It ended a terrible war,” Marquardt told The Salt Lake Tribune in 1995.
After his discharge from the military, Marquardt moved to Salt Lake City, where he worked as a sales manager and vice president for the Allen Steel Co.

9 Responses to George Marquardt

  1. Caz Baginskis

    Unfortunately, the info contained here is incorrect. Necessary Evil (No.91) did not participate in the attack on Nagasaki. “The Great Artiste” is the only B29 to have participated in the atomic attacks of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  2. scottm1366

    Anyone interested in a detailed history of the atomic attacks should read Gen. Paul W.Tibbets’ book: Return of the Enola Gay. I have read the book and enjoyed it very much.When I read Caz Baginski’s comments I checked the book. According to Gen. Tibbets, Bock’s Car was piloted by Chuck Sweeney (pp.245-247) and was the plane which dropped the second bomb over Nagasaki. He does not specifically say what planes escorted Bock’s Car. Or perhaps I missed it. Gen. Tibbets’ did write on page 214 that Gen Marquardt’s plane during the Hiroshima run did not have a name but was known as “No.91”. Perhaps the name Necessary Evil came afterwards.
    I would be interested to know any other historical
    facts about this mission. For 21st century Americans, it is important to remember our history and the sacrifices made to insure our freedom by the veterans of World War II. God bless them all!

  3. Eggemyer

    Marquardt: Dealing with concscience is always difficult, expecially for those who don’t believe in war. Best said, “A war to end all wars.” Living in China has made me wonder what would have happen to China during the 1940’s if America never existed? What type of person would allow his wife or children be beat and sit there watching saying,”Well, I don’t believe in war or fighting, Gee-Hope my wife and children survive.”
    Thanks for your site
    God Bless you.

  4. sean

    This man was my grandfather and confidant!! I could tell you all the rest of the details and confirm this with Tibbets, Sweeney, or Fred Bock. Why did we drop the bomb someone asks? Apparently some people would rather that the Japanese beheaded us instead of other Asians and raped or murdered your family instead of the ones that did have this happen to theirs? How many years has there been to look into the reasons behind one of the worst “Necessary Evils” in the history of mankind and still we question the actions of those that risked their lives long ago for your freedoms you enjoy today? I pitty the day when people like this have the responsibility to help mankind!

  5. Dave

    I had the pleasure of meeting George late one night when he came literally out of the dark of our back yard to introduce himself to a friend and me, Army helicopter pilots, both of us. A hero of the first order, he went out of his way to meet us. He was an unassuming gentleman. I will never forget that night.
    Thank you again George. Your life made the world a better place.

  6. Frank LeGere

    Mickey and I first met George in 1985 when he attended our daughter’s marriage to George’s nephew in SLC. Then in 2002,just a year before he died, when we were visiting, George’s wife Berenice reintroduced us to him as he lay in his bed in a nursing home. We chatted. When I said goodbye, I stood next to his bed and saluted. He returned it. I was truly honored to have met this hero.
    Berenice would have the most accurate information on George’s two flights. His responsibilities were to film the Hiroshima drop and determine the drop as the weather plane on Nagasaki run. Kokura was the primary target but was clouded in.

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