ENOLA GAY CREW - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 08/25/1990 CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - HFSID 290111
Sale Price $360.00
ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL TIBBETS, THEODORE VAN KIRK and THOMAS FEREBEE
Shown in uniform, standing in front of their aircraft. Inscribed by Tibbets, dated by him and by Ferebee.
Photograph signed: "Theodore J Van Kirk/Navigator", "To Sheryl with best wishes/Paul W. Tibbets/Pilot/8-20-90" and "Thomas W Ferebee/Bombardier 8-25-90". B/w, 10x8 cardstock. The signers are pictured next to the Enola Gay, the modified B-29 that dropped the world's first atomic bomb used in war. Colonel PAUL W. TIBBETS, JR. was the pilot, Major THOMAS W. FEREBEE was the bombardier and Captain THEODORE VAN KIRK was the navigator on the historic flight that lifted off from Tinian Island at 2:45 A.M. on August 6, 1945. At 17 seconds past 8:15 a.m., "Little Boy", a 9,000-pound uranium-235 core-fissionable atomic bomb was released over Hiroshima, Japan. Forty-three seconds later, after the bomb detonated at 1,890 feet, the city was decimated; 71,000 were killed or assumed dead, 68,000 were injured and 60,000 buildings were destroyed. The bombing hastened the end of WWII and changed the course of warfare forever. As of mid-2011, "Dutch" Van Kirk is the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew. Lightly toned. Minor surface scratches, not visible head-on. Otherwise, fine condition.
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