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Captain Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk served as navigator on the atomic mission of the Boeing B-29 Enola Gay over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.




bulk 1945


Mike Ward, Gift, 2005


0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a large map, 55 by 29 1/2 inches, detailing the route taken by the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay after its return from Hiroshima, from Tinian to Hawaii via Kwajalein. Entitled "US Army Air Forces Special Air Navigation Chart, (S-144) Oahu-Saipan," with a printing date of 1944, the map bears penciled navigational notations by Captain Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk. Also included is a 1945 edition of The American Air Almanac; a Second Air Force B-29 Standard Procedures for Navigators manual, dated April 10, 1945; and a Wonder Bread promotional Aircraft Spotter Dial volvelle (wheel chart).


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Captain Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk Boeing B-29 Enola Gay Route Map, Tinian to Hawaii via Kwajalein , Accession number 2005-0018, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.


World War, 1939-1945

Naval Aircraft Factory F-5L (PN-5), NASM

Atomic bomb

Aeronautics, Military


Collection descriptions

Archival materials


Technical manuals