Lot 30: Autographs of Atomic Bomb aviators
29th June 2017
Heading: (Atomic Bomb) Title: Four items signed by aviators on the planes that dropped the bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Place Published: Various places. Date Published: Various dates. Description: Includes: Autograph noted signed by Charles Sweeney, pilot of the B-29 "Bockscar" that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, to a Dr. Kaiser, briefly describing his feelings about the necessity of dropping the bomb, "Like all American fighting me, I felt we had to convince the Japanese War Lords to surrender..." On lined correspondence card. No date. Printed statements by Charles Sweeney regarding the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, during which mission he was piloting "The Great Artiste" in support of the "Enola Gay." One page, with decorative gold border, signed by Sweeney in ink. No. 6 of 12 copies. June 1901. Typed letter from a Dwight Stuckey, to Thomas W. Ferebee, bombardier on the "Enola Gay" mission, asking him to sign a photograph and comment on a statement - Ferebee has written four lines in ink on the letter, declining to sign the photograph or comment, "...Paul [Tibbets] writes the books so he may do it for you...]. He has signed by statement. No date. Typed letter from a Dwight Stuckey, to Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk., navigator on the "Enola Gay" mission, asking him to sign a photograph and comment on a statement - Van Kirk writes seven lines, pointing out an error in the photograph, and commenting on the somewhat provocative statement, "Many wartime statements appear out of place in the present..." Signed Dutch. No date. Condition: Very good or better condition.
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