ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK) - CURRENCY SIGNED - HFSID 303871
Sale Price $360.00
ENOLA GAY CREW: THEODORE VAN KIRK
The navigator from the first atomic bomb mission, signs a 100-peso piece of Japanese occupation currency
Currency signed: "Dutch Van Kirk/Navigator/Enola Gay/Hiroshima/6 Aug 1945", 6¼x2¾. Signed on the front side of paper currency (100 pesos) issued by "the Japanese Government" for use in territories they occupied early in World War II. On the morning of August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a specially modified 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. Theodore Van Kirk (1921-2014) was the navigator of the Enola Gay on its historic mission. He had previously flown 58 B-17 bomber missions over occupied France and German, and served as a navigation instructor. He left the Army Air Corps a major and went on hold various positions in DuPont for 35 years. Foxing present. Corners and edges lightly creased and worn. Writing lightly bled through to verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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