BOCK'S CAR CREW (FRED OLIVI) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/24/1992 - HFSID 257601
FRED J. OLIVI The co-pilot who flew Bock's Car over Nagasaki to drop a second nuclear bomb on Japan signed this handwritten letter Autograph Letter Signed: "Fred J. Olivi Lt. Col./ USAF (Ret.)", 1p, 8½x11. Chicago, Ill., 1992 September 24.
Sale Price $414.00
FRED J. OLIVI The co-pilot who flew Bock's Car over Nagasaki to drop a second nuclear bomb on Japan signed this handwritten letter Autograph Letter Signed: "Fred J. Olivi Lt. Col./ USAF (Ret.)", 1p, 8½x11. Chicago, Ill., 1992 September 24. To Nora Zah-Student Teacher. In Part: "The younger generations seem to be somewhat lacking about what when (sic) on, back in 1941 to 1945. I'm afraid they never even knew that WWII existed and what occurred and that's a sad commentary…." Stationery pictures Bockscar at upper right. Captioned: "'B-29 Bockscar' dropped 2nd Atomic Bomb - Nagasaki 9 Aug. 1945". Commissioned a Second Lieutenant just a year earlier, Fred J. Olivi (1921-2004) was the co-pilot on Bock's Car, the B-29 bomber that dropped the world's second and last atomic bomb used in war on Nagasaki, Japan on Aug. 9, 1945, hastening the end of WWII. Japan officially surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945, V-J Day. Olivi left the military in 1947 and was hired by as a draftsman with the city bridge commission in Chicago, Illinois, rising to manager of bridge operations and maintenance until his retirement in 1986. He also wrote a book on the Nagasaki raid, Decision At Nagasaki: The Mission That Almost Failed (1999). Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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