ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK) - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 167672
ENOLA GAY CREW: THEODORE VAN KIRK The last surviving member of the mission which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan signed his picture of the entire flight and ground crews, posed in front of the bomber. Photograph signed: "Theodore J. Van Kirk". B/w, 10x8.
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ENOLA GAY CREW: THEODORE VAN KIRK
The last surviving member of the mission which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan signed his picture of the entire flight and ground crews, posed in front of the bomber.
Photograph signed: "Theodore J. Van Kirk". B/w, 10x8. Shown with the flight and ground crews, Van Kirk signing on his image. Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk (1921-2014) was the navigator of the Enola Gay during the world's first atomic bombing over Hiroshima, Japan. He had flown 58 B-17 bomber missions over occupied France and Germany before returning to the United States as a navigational instructor. On 6 August, 1945, the crew of the specially modified B-29 Enola Gay, piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets and named after his mother, released the first atomic weapon nicknamed 'Little Boy'. Forty-three seconds later, Hiroshima (Japan's seventh largest city) was obliterated and the course of warfare changed forever. Over 78,000 people were killed by the searing heat and gamma rays, and the city, and subsequent deaths from radiation poisoning were similar. This action, and the dropping of another atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki three days later, were credited with hastening the end of World War II. Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945. Van Kirk left the Army Air Corps a major and went on hold various positions in DuPont for 35 years. The death of Morris Jepson on March 30, 2010, left Van Kirk the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew. Fine condition.
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