ENOLA GAY CREW - BOOK SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (RICHARD H. NELSON), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - HFSID 292208
ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL TIBBETS, TOM FEREBEE, THEODORE VAN KIRK and RICHARD NELSON Limited edition copy of Return of the Enola Gay by Tibbets, signed by each on the limitations page, above the description of their mission duty stations.
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ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL TIBBETS, TOM FEREBEE, THEODORE VAN KIRK and RICHARD NELSON
Limited edition copy of Return of the Enola Gay by Tibbets, signed by each on the limitations page, above the description of their mission duty stations.
Book signed: "Paul Tibbets" as Captain, "Tom Ferebee" as Bombardier, "Dutch Van Kirk" as Navigator, and "Richard Nelson" as Radio Operator, 339 pages, 6¼x9¼. Return of the Enola Gay, by Paul Tibbets. Columbus, Ohio: Mid Coast Marketing, 1998. Limited edition copy #439 of 1,500. Hardcover with dustjacket. Signed by all four in blue felt tip on limitation page. At 8:15 AM on August 6, 1945, Enola Gay, a specially equipped B-29 Superfortress, released the first atomic weapon nicknamed 'Little Boy'. Forty-three seconds later, Hiroshima ceased to exist as a city and the course of warfare changed forever." "Little Boy," a 9,000 pound uranium-235 core-fissionable atomic bomb exploded 1,890 feet over Hiroshima, Japan's seventh largest city. Over 78,000 people were killed by the searing heat and gamma rays, and the city, which had been home to a garrison of 150,000 Japanese troops, was virtually destroyed. This action, and the dropping of another atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki three days later, was credited with hastening the end of World War II. Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945. US 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. Three years earlier (August 17, 1942), Tibbets had piloted the lead plane on the first Eight Air Force bombing mission over occupied Europe. He also served at times as commanding general Dwight D. Eisenhower's personal pilot. The Enola Gay was named for his mother, THOMAS FEREBEE (1918-2000) was the bombardier on board the Enola Gay and was responsible for dropping the 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 flight navigator. He had previously flown 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. Private RICHARD H. NELSON (1925-2003), the radio operator, was the youngest member of the mission's 12-man crew. He sent the first, coded message after the bomb blast, eventually read by President Truman: "Results excellent." The death of Weapons Test Officer Morris Jepson on March 30, 2010, left Van Kirk the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew. Fine condition.
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