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.
Mike Ward, Gift, 2005
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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).
Technical manuals -- 20th century
Van Kirk, Theodore J. "Dutch"
Naval Aircraft Factory F-5L (PN-5), NASM
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.
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