ENOLA GAY CREW - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED POSTER CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - HFSID 284415
Sale Price $360.00
ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL TIBBETS, THEODORE VAN KIRK and THOMAS FEREBEEAll three signed this 18x24 color poster of the navigator's log from the Hiroshima mission. Poster signed: "Paul Tibbets", "Thomas Ferebee", "Theodore J. Van Kirk". Color, 18x24. Poster-size replica of the navigator's log from the historic flight of the B-29 Enola Gay to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945. On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, Colonel Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortresson its mission to drop the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The bomb killed 66,000 and injured 69,000 people, not including long-term victims of radiation exposure. However, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Aug. 9) hastened the surrender of Japan, ending World War II. US Army Air Force Colonel PAUL TIBBETS (1915-2007) was responsible for the organization, training and command of the world's first nuclear strike force. Tibbets became a technical adviser on the United States' nuclear bomb tests. He retired a brigadier general in 1966 and worked in commercial aviation until 1986. Tibbets named the plane after his mother. THOMAS W. FEREBEE (1918-2000) was the bombardier on board the Enola Gay and was responsible for dropping the first atomic bomb, "Little Boy", on Hiroshima, Japan. 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 J. VAN KIRK (1921-2014) was the navigator of the Enola Gay during the world's first atomic bombing over Hiroshima, Japan. 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. Rolled, with scattered light edge nicks and creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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