BOCK'S CAR CREW (FRED OLIVI) - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 267863
Sale Price $288.00
BOCK'S CAR CREW: FRED J. OLIVIThe U.S.A.F. co-pilot who flew the plane that ended World War II signed this black and white photograph Photograph signed: "Fred J. Olivi/ Co-pilot B-29/ 'Bockscar'". B/w, 10x8. Imprinted caption at upper background: "'Bockscar' B 29 Dropped 2nd Atomic Bomb/ Nagasaki Japan 9 Aug. 1945". Commissioned a Second Lieutenant just a year earlier, Fred J. Olivi(1921-2004) wasthe 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). Lightly creased at upper left corner and background and lower left blank corner. Surface scratch from original negative has reproduced at upper background. Otherwise, fine condition.
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