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Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving member of Enola Gay crew, dead at 93
Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving member of Enola Gay crew, dead at 93

Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay flight crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the final stages of World War II, died Monday at an assisted living facility in Stone Mountain, Ga. He was 93. Van Kirk, a veteran of 58 U.S. combat missions, died of age-related causes, his son Tom said.  Van Kirk, who went by the nickname "Dutch," was the crew's navigator. Before the historic flight, he was told he had been chosen for a top-secret bombing mission that could help end World War II. The payload was never specified. When Van Kirk spoke to a Times reporter in April 2010, he was 89 and had just become the final survivor of the famous...

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