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BOCKSCAR CREW (MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES W. SWEENEY) - ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: BRIGADIER GENERAL HARRISON R. THYNG, CAPTAIN CHARLES F. MCKNIGHT - HFSID 298554

 
NAGASAKI MISSION: CHARLES W. SWEENEY, CHARLES F. McKNIGHT and HARRISON THYNG
Envelope signed by 3 pilots involved in the second atomic bombing mission, which hastened the end of World War II.
Envelope signed: "Charles W. Sweeney/Nagasaki 1945", "Charles F. McKnight/Pilot 'Top Secret' Nagasaki 1945", "B Gen Harrison R. Thyng/C. O. 413th Ftr Grp/Nagasaki 9 August 1945", 6½x3¾. Envelope with no mailing address, but postmarked Washington, D.C., August 9, 1978 (the 33rd anniversary of the Nagasaki mission). 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 had 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. Lieutenant CHARLES F. McKNIGHT was another pilot assigned to the 509th Composite Group, the 16 specially modified B-29's designed for atomic bombing missions. Flying Top Secret, McKnight made several practice bombing runs over Japanese cities in preparation for the atomic attack. On August 9, he flew another B-29, Laggin' Dragon, to observe weather over Nagasaki, the backup target on that day, which became the actual target when Kokura, the primary target, had poor visibility. HARRISON THYNG (1918-1983) was one of only 6 US pilots to be an ace in two wars, scoring 5 kills in North Africa in World War II (1942-1943), four of them Me-109s; and 5 more in Korea (1951-1952), all MiG-15s. He ended World War II as a colonel commanding the 413th Fighter Group in the Pacific, flying fighter escort for the Bock's Car over Nagasaki.. Holding the same rank, he led the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Group in Korea. Before retiring as a brigadier general in 1966, he flew several combat missions in Vietnam. Thyng was the Republican candidate for US Senate from New Hampshire in 1966. He was the first President of Daniel Webster College in that state. Fine condition.


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MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES W. SWEENEY   BRIGADIER GENERAL HARRISON R. THYNG   CAPTAIN CHARLES F. MCKNIGHT  


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MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES W. SWEENEY
Born: December 27, 1919 in Lowell, Massachusetts
Died: July 15, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts




Film Credits
2011 Democracy Now! (Other), 2005 The Last Days of World War II (Other), 1995 Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan (Other), 1974 The World at War (in person), 1962 V Was for Victory (Other), 1947 The b_eginning or the End (Other)


BRIGADIER GENERAL HARRISON R. THYNG
Born: April 12, 1918
Died: September 24, 1983



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