ENOLA GAY CREW (MORRIS JEPPSON) - BOOK SIGNED - HFSID 290473
MORRIS JEPPSON The air force officer who armed the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima includes his thoughtful reflection on the mission's significance in his inscription on the endpaper of the book Enola Gay. For forty years, Jeppson refused all comment on the fateful mission.
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The air force officer who armed the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima includes his thoughtful reflection on the mission's significance in his inscription on the endpaper of the book Enola Gay. For forty years, Jeppson refused all comment on the fateful mission.
Book inscribed and signed: "Morris Jeppson/Weapons Test Officer/Enola Gay Mission/6 Aug. 1945", 327 pages, 6½x9¼. Enola Gay, a book by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts. New York: Stein and Day, 1977. Hardcover. No dust jacket. Signed on the first free endpaper with Jeppson's commentary, in full: "Few people remember or know why atomic bombs were used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. How close the World came to domination by Japan and Germany. The atomic bombs did end WWII to then enable the U.S. to put Germany and Japan back on their feet to evolve as good democratic countries. At the time atomic weapons were used, not much was known about radiation effects from atomic detonations. In time it was realized that primary radiation of x-rays and gamma rays at the instant of detonation could burn people and start fires. Also fission of the uranium 235 produced radioactive by-products that could be blown across target regions". US Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Morris R. Jeppson (1922-2010), on his first and only combat mission, was the Weapons Test Officer on the Enola Gay responsible for arming the bomb in flight. An electrical engineer, Jeppson had worked with Los Alamos scientists on development of bomb firing mechanisms. On the morning of August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets lifted off from Tinian Island on 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 atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 9) hastened the surrender of Japan, ending WWII. The longer-term implications of the bombing are eloquently described by Jeppson in his inscription here. For forty years, Jeppson declined all public comment on the mission. Breaking his silence on the 40th anniversary of the bombing, Jeppson lived for another quarter century, discussing the event freely in press interviews and film documentaries. He died on March 30, 2010, survived by his wife and a large family which included three great grandchildren. His death left Enola Gay navigator Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk as the last surviving crewman on the fateful mission. Corners bent and lightly worn. Moisture stain (1½") at paged edges 2" from top - filters on to page faces for only 37 pages, Prologue through page 36. Binding solid. Overall, fine condition.
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