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FRANCIS D. "FELIX" THORNHILL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/30/1979 - HFSID 166408

FRANCIS "FELIX" D. THORNHILL Francis D. Thornhill signed this type letter with his rank in the United States Air Force in 1979 from Ukiah, California, answering questions about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and about art.

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Condition: fine condition
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FRANCIS "FELIX" D. THORNHILL
Francis D. Thornhill signed this type letter with his rank in the United States Air Force in 1979 from Ukiah, California, answering questions about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and about art. Thornhill was navigator of the Straight Flush, which relayed weather information to the Enola Gay during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II.
Typed letter signed "Capt. Francis 'Felix' Thornhill USAF/Navigator Straight Flush 393 Bomb Squ 50th BG". 1 page, 8¼x11. Ukiah, California, Nov. 30, 1979. In full: "Dear Miss Tina May: I am sorry it has taken me so long to answer your letter. I have been gone most of the summer and have had many letters to answer. One of the things in your letter was the question about my likes and dislikes for the Arts. My understanding of the arts is that they consist of music, theater, paintings etc. Having been born in the country and still live in a small town I have never been exposed to them. I do enjoy them but I am much more interested in sports of all kinds. I do a lot of fishing and hunting. We are still fortunate here to have some great fishing in the lake and the Pacific ocean. Most to of the letters I received asked if I thought the bomb should have been dropped. To those I could only say that President Truman's decision to drop the bomb was the right thing to do at that time. I am enclosing a newspaper clipping that might be of interest to you. Much luck in your school work. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Sincerely yours,". Postscripted: "Please excuse the above little marks. My Granddaughter, 2 years old, just tried to type. when my back was turned." Thornhill (1920-2004, born in Poplarville, Mississippi) was navigator of the Straight Flush, one of seven planes of the 393rd Bomb Squadron of the 509th Composite Group that took part in mission to drop the world's first atomic bomb used in warfare on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The plane was piloted by Major Claude Eatherly and departed Tinian Island at approximately 1:37 a.m. on the morning of August 6, 1945, just a little more than an hour ahead of the Enola Gay, the plane that carried the bomb. The Straight Flush was one of three planes dispatched to check on weather conditions, flew over Hiroshima and relayed the historic message,"2/10's cloud cover - bomb primary", to Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay. Although Hiroshima had been the primary target that day, the Jabbit III had been dispatched to Kokura and Full House flew over Nagasaki to determine weather conditions should it have been necessary to change the target city. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Random typewriter and correction fluid marks. Wax binding remnants at top edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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