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Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk, navigator on Enola Gay, dies at 93
Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk, navigator on Enola Gay, dies at 93

Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, a navigator who on Aug. 6, 1945, guided the Enola Gay over Hiroshima to drop the first nuclear bomb in the history of warfare, died Monday at an assisted living facility in Stone Mountain, Ga. He was 93. The last surviving member of the Enola Gay's 12-member crew, Van Kirk died of age-related causes, said his son Tom. A veteran of 58 World War II combat missions over Europe and Africa, Van Kirk was told that he had been chosen for a top-secret bombing mission that could help end World War II. The payload was never specified. Boarding the stripped-down B-29 on the island of Tinian in the northern Marianas, Van Kirk and his crewmates flew some...

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