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Bockscar Co-Pilot Olivi Autographs First Page of “Birth of the Atomic Age”

Bockscar Co-Pilot Olivi Autographs First Page of “Birth of the Atomic Age”

 

FREDERICK J. OLIVI, Autograph Endorsement Signed, on copy of first page of Joseph F. Papalia, “Birth of the Atomic Age” typescript. “My Fondest Wishes – To Amy – 31 Aug. 1985 / Lt. Fred J. Olivi Co-Pilot of “Bockscar” / Nagasaki, 9 August 1945” 1 p., 8.5" x 11". Excellent.

 

Frederick “Fred” J. Olivi (1922-2004) was the co-pilot of Bockscar, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb “Fat Man” on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Born in Chicago, Olivi enlisted in the Army Air Force immediately after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941. After the war, Olivi served in the Air Force Reserve until 1971, when he ended his service as a lieutenant colonel. He worked for the City of Chicago until 1988, when he retired.

 

Joseph F. Papalia (b. 1936) became the official historian of the 509th Composite Group in the 1980s.

 

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

 

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Item: 68163

Price: $350.00
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