ENOLA GAY CREW - PHOTOCOPY SIGNED IN INK CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - HFSID 167394
This page signed by the three crewmembers of the Enola Gay is a copy of a message regarding plans to drop the first “special bomb”!
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ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL TIBBETS, THOMAS FEREBEE, and THEODORE VAN KIRK This page signed by the three crewmembers of the Enola Gay is a copy of a message regarding plans to drop the first “special bomb”! Photocopy Signed in Ink: "Theodore J. Van Kirk/ Navigator", “Tom Ferebee/ Bombardier”, and “Paul W. Tibbets/ Pilot”. 8x10. One page. This is a copy of the July 25, 1945 letter to General Carl Spaats, the Commanding General of the United States Army Strategic Air Forces. It regards the plan for the drop of up to four atomic bombs onto Japanese cities Hiroshima, Kokura, Niigata, and Nagasaki. In Part: “Additional bombs will be delivered on the above targets as soon as made ready by the project staff. Further instructions will be issued concerning targets other than those listed above”. Only two bombs were needed: one over Hiroshima, and one over Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945. U.S. 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. 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. THOMAS FEREBEE (1918-2000) was the bombardier on board the Enola Gay and was responsible for dropping the first atomic 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 navigator of the Enola Gay. 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. 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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