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Theodore VanKirk, Enola Gay Navigator, Dies at 93

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:54:56 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- The last surviving crew member of the American plane that unleashed the nuclear attack on Hiroshima, Japan has died.

Theodore VanKirk, 93, died Monday at home in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Known to his fellow fliers as Dutch, VanKirk was navigator of the B-29 bomber Enola Gay.

On August 6, 1945, Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb. The blast killed 140,000 people, hastening the end of World War II.

At a public forum in 2011, VanKirk recalled seeing nothing left other than a cloud rising over the city of Hiroshima.


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