Navigator on the "Enola Gay" Van Kirk writes the civilian death toll and his justification for the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on a Photo of Hiroshima After the Atomic Blast
Category: World War II
Item Number: 12747
Atomic bomb Van Kirk
Navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Signed Photo, 8 1/2 x 11 ", black and white photo of a few foundations and burnt trees after the devastation on Hiroshima. Inscribed with a historical note by Dutch Van Kirk mentioning the number of civilian deaths and giving justifications for the civilian deaths of Hiroshima:
"Hiroshima was the primary target. Our crew was ordered to drop the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 - The number of killed and missing was 80,000. but The atomic bomb saved the lives of all the American and Japanese that would have died in the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands. -Theodore J. 'Dutch' Van Kirk, Navigator-Enola Gay , 6 Aug 1945." In excellent condition.