W.W.II Silk Escape Evasion Map of Nagasaki, Signed "Last Atomic Bombardment - Dutch Van Kirk - Enola Gay - 6 Aug 1945".
Item Number: 13605
Dutch Van Kirk
Dutch Van Kirk was the navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb. Real W.W.II Japan silk invasion map of Nagasaki, these maps were used by 20th AAF during World war II. In 1940, the British military intelligence unit, known as MI 9, started issuing silk maps for use by British aircrews shot down over enemy occupied territory in Europe. The silk maps were intended to assist airman in evading capture if shot down over enemy territory . After the US's entry into W.W.II, US military intelligence officers also began producing silk escape maps for US military personnel, including Van Kirk's 20th AAF . This Nagasaki silk map has great color details of Eastern Asia, a portion of Japan around Nagasagi, the sea of Japan and the East China Sea. The map is marked "Second Edition, 1944" and "For use by War and Navy Dept. Agencies only" Approximately 24" x 25." Van Kirk writes on the map: " Last Atomic bombardment - Dutch Van Kirk - Enola Gay - 6 Aug 1945". in excellent condition.