This print of the Enola Gay captures the aircraft's return to the U.S. military base on Tinian less than five hours after dropping the "Little Boy" atomic bomb over Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, profoundly changing the course of World War II.
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk (b. 1921), Navigator for the Enola Gay, was an American U.S. Army Air Corps navigator who flew 58 B-17 Flying Fortress combat missions with the 97th Bomb Group over Occupied France and Germany during World War II. He was selected to fly General Mark Clark on a secret mission to negotiate with the Free French in Algeria, and was also navigator on the aircraft that flew General Dwight Eisenhower to the invasion site in North Africa to launch Operation Torch. In 1945, he navigated the Enola Gay when it dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In August 1946 he completed his service in the Air Corps as a major. His decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 15 Air Medals.
Van Kirk's signature, matted along with an actual B-29 artifact, makes this limited edition presentation a truly special commemorative piece.
Certificate of Authenticity included.