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Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay Autographed Crew Photograph

Creator:
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
Names:
Ferebee, Thomas Wilson,, 1918-2000  Search this
Tibbets, Paul W. (Paul Warfield), 1915-2007  Search this
Van Kirk, Theodore J. "Dutch"  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Signatures (names)
Photographs
Date:
1946
Summary:
This collection consists of one 10 by 8 inch black and white photograph, taken in 1946, of Paul Warfield Tibbets, Thomas Wilson Ferebee, and Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk, in uniform. The photograph is signed by all three in blue ink.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one 10 by 8 inch black and white photograph, taken in 1946, of Paul Warfield Tibbets, Thomas Wilson Ferebee, and Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk, in uniform. The photograph is signed by all three in blue ink.
Arrangement:
This collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
Boeing's B-29 Superfortress was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War II, and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. Although designed to fight in the European theater, the B-29 found its niche on the other side of the globe. In the Pacific, B-29s delivered a variety of aerial weapons: conventional bombs, incendiary bombs, mines, and two nuclear weapons. On August 6, 1945, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped the first atomic weapon used in combat on Hiroshima, Japan. After the war, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay returned to the United States before being flown to Kwajalein Island in May 1946 for use in the Operation Crossroads Nuclear Tests. Paul Warfield Tibbets served as the pilot for the Hiroshima mission, Thomas Wilson Ferebee was the bombardier, and Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk was the navigator. All three were later involved in Operation Crossroads as part of the 58th Bombardment Wing, 509th Composite Group.
Provenance:
Timothy Wuwert, Gift, 2018
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Genre/Form:
Signatures (names)
Photographs
Citation:
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay Autographed Crew Photograph, NASM.2018.0018, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2018.0018
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2018-0018
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