Item #12118 Navigator's Flight Log of the Enola Gay - Atomic Bomb Mission to Hiroshima - Entirely Filled Out in the Hand of Van Kirk. Navigator's Log Atomic Bomb.

Navigator's Flight Log of the Enola Gay - Atomic Bomb Mission to Hiroshima - Entirely Filled Out in the Hand of Van Kirk

DS - Document Signed

On August 6, 1945, the "Enola Gay" dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Completely filled out navigator's log of the Enola Gay. Handwritten by the Navigator of the historic Hiroshima flight Theodore Van Kirk . 3 pages in pencil, (as all 1094's aviation logs), entirely in his hand. Each page with successive entries from the time of take-off to the return to base. The bomber lifted off at 0245 hours. Van Kirk noted the time in his log. Van Kirk led the Enola Gay leftward on to a 345-degree heading and began the climb to 30,800 feet.

"BOMB AWAY" is written at 0915.

The actual log is 3 pages, on the first page Van Kirk has written in his hand: "This Navigator's log has been filled out entirely in my own hand as I did during our historic flight over Hiroshima to drop the first Atomic Bomb on August 6, 1945. The purpose of the log was to record flight data I used during the flight to keep the plane on course and on time. The target was the Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima. The log served its purpose as we dropped the atomic bomb both on time and on target. As you can see on the log, the atomic bomb was dropped at 9:15 AM, Tinian time when we were at an altitude of 31,060 feet over Hiroshima. Dutch Van Kirk, Navigator Enola Gay 6 Aug. 1945".

The original Enola Gay Log made on August 6, 1945 was auctioned in 2007, with an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000. It sold for $385,000. This one, offered here, is not the original log used on the plane, it is a later handwritten version, also entirely in the hand of Van Kirk, with all of the original entries of the original log. In view of the fact that a later copy of Einstein's relativity manuscript rewritten in his hand, 40 years after the original, sold for over 5 million dollars, we feel this log also has a historic value. The logbook by the co-pilots of the Enola Gay sold at Christie's for $350,000 in 2002. In excellent condition.

Item #12118

Price: $4,500.00