BOCKSCAR CREW (MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES W. SWEENEY) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/24/1998 - HFSID 271083
Sale Price $1,190.00
BOCK'S CAR CREW: CHARLES SWEENEY
Describes his duties during both atomic bombings
Autograph Letter signed: "Charles W. Sweeney", 2 pages, 8½x10. No place, 1998 July 24. To Ray Norman. In full: "The drop at Hiroshima took place at 0800, local, after a 6 hr. flight from Tinian. Col. Tibbets carried a Uranium Bomb. I flew on his right wing with measuring instruments - dropped by parachutes - and telemetering back to Drs. Alvarez, Dr Agnew and Dr. Johnson in my airplane. Major Marquard flew a 3rd plane on the left wing with cameras. Col. Tibbets was flying the 'Enola Gay', I was flying the 'Great Artiste'. Our thoughts were that we hoped that this would cause the Japanese War Lords to quit. On August 9, 1945 I flew the 'Bock's Car' with a plutonium bomb to Nagasaki. Fred Bock flew the 'Great Artiste', with instruments. Both bombs caused great flashes of light, great pressures on the airplanes, and, of course, the big Vertical Cloud. Again, our whole thoughts were to help to end a cruel war thrust upon us by the Japs. Complete details are in my book 'War's End' (Avon). Best wishes."
On August 9, 1945, 25-year-old Major Charles W. Sweeney (1919-2004) was the pilot of Bock's Car, the B-29 bomber that dropped the Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. The bombing, which came just three days after the Enola Gay, piloted by Sweeney's close friend, Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, hastened the end of WWII. Sweeney, as described above, piloted an accompanying observer plane on the Hiroshima run. Japan surrendered August 15, 1945, V-J Day. Brigadier General Sweeney retired from the military in 1979. Rough bottom edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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