Signed Book on the Atomic Bomb with handwritten inscription: "The number of killed and missing, are about the same at 80,000 for Hiroshima"
Category: World War II
Item Number: 11735
Theodore Van Kirk
Navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Signed Book "Fear, War and the Bomb" written by Nobel Prize winner P.M.S Blackett, hardcover with dust jacket, 244 pages. Signed on first page by "Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk, Navigator Enola Gay, Hiroshima, 6 Aug. 1945" Van Kirk writes entirely in his hand: "Page 40 compares the effect of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs to the Tokyo fire raid of March 1945. The number of killed and missing, are about the same at 80,000 for Hiroshima and the Tokyo fire raid. But the shock of Hiroshima was necessary to force the Japanese to surrender." The book cover has wear and tears. The hardcover and the inside pages are in very good condition.