BOCK'S CAR CREW (FRED OLIVI) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 285210
Sale Price $324.00
BOCK'S CAR CREW: FRED OLIVI
Signed autograph letter (1998) to a collector of war photography
Autograph Letter signed: "Fred J. Olivi", 1 page, 8½x11. Chicago, Illinois, 1998 March 9. On personal letter (with imprinted image of Bock's Car) to "Dear John". In full: "Received your last letter with your Collection of photographs - Looks like you do okay! Seems to be quite a collection. I have a few photos I could send you I don't see on you wall. I'll enclose them with this letter and send them to you. [Items not included.] The price is $6.00 a photo, about what I pay for them. I'll mail them and you can send your check after you see them! Sounds like you have an interesting collection with Bucher and such. I also have photos of the 'Enola Gay' Crew, if you are interested. Take care and good luck. [signature] "P.S. I have a colored photo with the 'Enola Gay' and "Bock's Car' - in one photo. It's very unique. Price $10.00. Let me know." Olivi (1922-2004) 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 anbd maintenance until his retirement in 1986. He also wrote a book on the Nagasaki raid, Decision At Nagasaki: The Mission That Almost Failed. Like the rest of the Bock's Car crew, he never regretted the bombing, but also spoke out against American anti-Japanese sentiment. Olivi died on April 8, 2004 at the age of 82.One horizontal fold crease through center. Top edge lightly toned. Otherwise fine condition.
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