Thursday, July 30, 2015
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Monday, 7/2/2012

Enola Gay navigator to discuss atomic bomb drop on Japan

World War II veteran to speak at Air Force museum in Dayton


DAYTON  — The navigator for the U.S. plane that made the first atomic bomb attack will talk about his World War II mission this week near Dayton.

Capt. Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk of the Enola Gay will give his perspective Friday afternoon at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The lecture is free on a first-come basis, with an autograph session planned afterward. Kirk is 91 years old.

His B-29 bomber plane dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. That and another devastating bomb drop were soon followed by Japan’s decision to surrender and end the war.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories