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#367 - Enola Gay: Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk

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The navigator’s Hiroshima flight log: “Bomb Away”

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Extraordinary souvenir navigator’s flight log of the Enola Gay’s atomic mission on August 9, 1945, four cardstock sheets, 20.5 x 8.25, filled out in pencil on the first three sheets by Van Kirk with the plane’s flight data, the fourth page containing a ballpoint description of the piece, signed at the conclusion, “Theodore J. ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk, Navigator—Enola Gay, 6 August 1945.” The flight log consists of successive entries from the time of the take-off of the Enola Gay to the return to base, denoting the plane’s position, time, course, temperature, altitude, air speed, wind, ground speed, and several other factors. At time “09:15” on the second page is the ominous and most important entry: “Bomb Away.” On the last page is Van Kirk’s description, in part: “This Navigator’s log has been filled out entirely in my own hand as I did during our historic flight over Hiroshima to drop the first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. The purpose of the log during our August 6 flight was to record flight data used by myself during the flight to keep our plane on course and on time. The target was Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima. The log served its purpose beautifully as we dropped the atomic bomb both on time and on target.” In fine condition. An absolutely remarkable representation of the most important flight in World War II. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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