ENOLA GAY CREW - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (JACOB BESER), ENOLA GAY CREW (GEORGE R. CARON), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - HFSID 155651
ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS, THEODORE VAN KIRK, JACOB BESER and GEORGE R. CARON Paul W. Tibbets, Thomas J. Van Kirk, Jacob Beser and George R. Caron of the Enola Gay all signed this 1985 first day cover honoring Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz First day cover signed "Jacob Beser", "Paul W.
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ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS, THEODORE VAN KIRK, JACOB BESER and GEORGE R. CARON
Paul W. Tibbets, Thomas J. Van Kirk, Jacob Beser and George R. Caron of the Enola Gay all signed this 1985 first day cover honoring Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
First day cover signed "Jacob Beser", "Paul W. Tibbetts", "T Van Kirk" and "George R. Caron", all in blue and black ink. 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring the Chester W. Nimitz, Pacific Fleet Commander WWII. Postmarked Fredricksburg, Texas, February 22, 1985. One 50-cent Chester W. Nimitz stamp affixed. FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. United States Army Air Force Colonel TIBBETS (1915-2007) 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. THEODORE 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. Radar counter measures (RCM) observer JACOB BESER (1921-1992) was the only crew member of both the Enola Gay and Bock's Car, the two B-29s that dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki hastening the end of World War II. GEORGE R. CARON (1919-1995) was the tail gunner on the Enola Gay on its historic mission to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. Seated in the rear of the B-29, he was the first to see the mushroom cloud. Caron had been given a camera at the last moment and snapped a roll of photographs as the mushroom cloud ascended. His photographs of the explosion were printed on millions of leaflets that were dropped over Japan the next day. Normal postal stamps. Lightly soiled and rippled. Otherwise in fine condition.
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