Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

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).

Collection Item Long Description:


  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Silverplate "Enola Gay," NASM
  • Atomic bomb
  • Aeronautics, Military

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Van Kirk, Theodore J. "Dutch"

Physical description

.05 cubic feet (1 folder)


  • 1945
  • 20th century


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.

Cite as

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

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Maps
  • Collection descriptions
  • Technical manuals

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