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ENOLA GAY CREW - POEM SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS), ENOLA GAY CREW (COLONEL THOMAS W. FEREBEE) - HFSID 320733

Poem entitled "The Flyer's Prayer", signed in blue ink by three members of the Enola Gay: Paul W. Tibbets, Thomas Ferebee and Theodore Van Kirk Poem signed: "Paul W. Tibbets--Pilot", "Theodore J Van Kirk/Navigation" and "Thomas Ferebee/Bombadier", all in blue ink.

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ENOLA GAY CREW: PAUL W. TIBBETS, THOMAS W. FEREBEE and THEODORE VAN KIRK
Poem entitled "The Flyer's Prayer", signed in blue ink by three members of the Enola Gay: Paul W. Tibbets, Thomas Ferebee and Theodore Van Kirk
Poem signed: "Paul W. Tibbets--Pilot", "Theodore J Van Kirk/Navigation" and "Thomas Ferebee/Bombadier", all in blue ink. 1 page, 8x10. Poem "The Flyer's Prayer". As Chief of Air Staff of the U. S. Air Force in Europe, CARL SPAATZ (1891-1974, born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania) initiated daylight bombing of German-occupied Europe in 1942. He was Chief of the U. S. bombing force in Germany (1944) and Japan (1945). Spaatz became the first Chief of Staff of the independent U. S. Air Force in 1947. PAUL W. TIBBETS (1915-2007, born in Quincy, Illinois), born George Robert Caron,was the pilot of the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, named after Tibbets' mother, that dropped the first atomic bomb (nicknamed "Little Boy") on the city of Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. The blast, equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT, destroyed a four square-mile area, and killing an estimated 70,000 people. Japan surrendered less than one month later, on Sept. 2, 1945). Tibbets was a colonel when Hiroshima was destroyed and became a technical adviser on the United States' nuclear bomb tests. He retired a brigadier general in 1966 and worked in commercial aviation until 1986. THOMAS FEREBEE (1918-2000 , born outside Mocksville, North Carolina) was the bombardier on board the Enola Gay and was responsible for dropping the first atomic bomb, "Little Boy", on Hiroshima, Japan. 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), born in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, 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. Fine condition.

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