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Book on the Enola Gay with a hand-drawn diagram signed by the navigator, Dutch Van Kirk

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Enola Gay by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts. Published by Stein and Day, 1977. 327 pages

While the book was warmly reviewed, the reason I chose it, and this copy in particular, is because on the inside first page (what's known as the "front free endpaper"), the plane's navigator, Theodore Jerome “Dutch” Van Kirk, drew and annotated a diagram of the Enola Gay’s air escape plan following the bombing, including the shock waves and the routes of both Enola Gay and the instrument plane, The Great Artiste. It is signed in the lower right corner of the diagram, “Dutch Van Kirk Navigator – Enola Gay Hiroshima 6 Aug 1945.”  See the photos below.

Includes a certificate of authenticity.

This is a one-of-a-kind, with a personal connection to that historic mission.

— Lee Wright | Founder

Above, left to right: Van Kirk, Tibbets, and Ferebee

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has an excellent article on the mission entitled, The Mission That Changed the World.

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