ENOLA GAY CREW - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 11/19/1990 CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - HFSID 171115
Sale Price $382.50
ENOLA GAY CREW: THEODORE VAN KIRK, PAUL W. TIBBETS,
and THOMAS FEREBEE
This black and white photograph of the Enola Gay B-29 Superfortress is signed by three of the crewmembers who flew her over Japan to drop the first atomic bomb!
Photograph signed: "Theodore J. 'Dutch' Van Kirk/ Navigator", "Paul W. Tibbets/ Pilot", and "Thomas W. Ferebee/ Bombardier 11/19/1990". B/w, 10x8. Dated November 11, 1990. Picture of the Enola Gay, the modified B-29 that dropped the world's first atomic bomb used in war. U.S. Army Air Force Colonel PAUL TIBBETS (1915-2007), later an Air Force general, was responsible for the organization, training, and command of the world's first nuclear strike force. On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, Colonel Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress named after his mother, on its mission to drop the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. THOMAS FEREBEE (1918-2000) was the bombardier on board the Enola Gay and was responsible for dropping the first atomic bomb. Ferebee initially trained for a position on the Boston Red Sox, but joined the Army when he didn't make the team. A knee injury put him into flight school instead of Army training. He remained in the Air Force until the 1970s, serving in Korea and retiring as a colonel. He worked as a real estate agent after retirement. THEODORE VAN KIRK (1921-2014) was the navigator of the Enola Gay. Before this, he flew 58 B-17 bomber missions over occupied France and Germany before returning to the United States as a navigational instructor. He left the Army Air Corps a major and went on hold various positions in DuPont for 35 years.Fine condition.
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