ENOLA GAY CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (RICHARD H. NELSON), ENOLA GAY CREW (JACOB BESER), ENOLA GAY CREW (GEORGE R. CARON), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - HFSID 283440
Sale Price $680.00
ENOLA GAY CREW
Pilot Paul Tibbets and 5 other crew members from the plane which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima sign an envelope celebrating air mail service.
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Dutch Van Kirk", Tom Ferebee", "George R. Caron", "Jacob Beser", "R. H. Nelson" and "Paul W. Tibbets", "6½x3½. Special Cover commemorating the initiation of air mail postage, postmarked Washington, D.C., September 4, 1954, 4-cent air mail stamp affixed. Signed by six crew members of 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, Captain THEODORE VAN KIRK was the navigator, Lieutenant JACOB BESER was radar counter measures (RCM) observer, Staff Sergeant GEORGE R. CARON was the tail gunner and Pfc. RICHARD H. NELSON was the radio operator 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 changed the course of warfare forever. As of early 2010, "Dutch" Van Kirk is the only survivor among the 12 crew members on the historic flight of the Enola Gay. Corners lightly worn. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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