Enola Gay

"Enola Gay" Souvenir Navigator's Log Signed by 3 Crew Members: Tibbets, Ferebee, & Van Kirk

Enola Gay Souvenir Navigator's Log Signed by 3 Crew Members: Tibbets, Ferebee, & Van Kirk

 

A color poster reproducing the August 6, 1945 navigation log of the B-29 bomber Enola Gay, signed by three of its crew members: pilot Colonel Paul W. Tibbets (1915-2007) as "Paul W. Tibbets" at left; bombardier Major Tom Ferebee (1918-2000) as "Tom Ferebee" at center; and navigator Captain Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk (1921-2014) as "Theodore J Van Kirk" at right. Supplemented by a schematic showing Enola Gay's route inset at lower right, and Van Kirk's comments about local time, geography, and navigational calculations inset at lower center. Tibbet's signature is faded, though still visible. Else near fine. Framed behind glass, not examined out of frame. Overall size measures 19.75" x 25.75" x .75". Ex-Kenneth Rendell.

 

Enola Gay's 12-person crew left their home base at Tinian, in the Northern Mariana Islands, at 2:45 am Tinian time on August 6, 1945. Their objective was to drop an atomic bomb, called Little Boy, on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, located some 2,500 km to the northwest. The reproduction navigation log documents Van Kirk's notes as they passed landmarks, such as Iwo Jima and Mishima, Japan. The plane gradually gained in altitude until it passed over its target of Hiroshima. At 9:15 Tinian time, at an altitude of 31,060 feet and an air speed of 200 mph, Van Kirk listed "Bomb Away" in the Position column. Enola Gay gradually descended and turned south, arriving in Tinian at 2:58 pm Tinian time.

 

Little Boy had enough force to wipe out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. The Japanese surrendered nine days later.

 

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: 67499

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