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Book Signed by Thirteen Crew Members of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki B-29 Bomber Planes

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $406.00

Hardbound book, Events That Shaped The Century, signed by thirteen crew members who took part in either the Hiroshima or Nagasaki atomic bombing raids in 1945. On August 6, 1945 pilot Paul Tibbets and the crew of the B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. That historic event signaled the first use of an atomic weapon in warfare. Three days later, pilot Charles Sweeney and the crew of the B-29 Bockscar deployed a second atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. On both those missions another B-29 bomber, The Great Artiste, accompanied each plane for scientific observation. Presented here are the signatures of thirteen crew members who were aboard either the Enola Gay, Bockscar, or The Great Artiste during those two fateful missions, as well as that of Edward Teller, the American nuclear physicist who was a central member of the Manhattan Project. Each of the signatures, penned in a variety of inks, appears on the front flyleaf of the book, with all but Teller having also added their respective rank, mission and date of the bombing. The list of signers, with their added inscriptions in parenthesis, is as follows: 1) "Paul Tibbets" (pilot B29 Enola Gay 6 Aug, 1945), 2) "Major Charles W. Sweeny" (Commander, Nagasaki 8/9/45), 3) Tom Ferebee (Bombardier, Enola Gay, 6 Aug 1945), 4) "Richard Nelson" (Radio Operator, Enola Gay, Aug 6, 1945), 5) "Edward Teller," 6) "Morris Jeppson" (Weapon Test Officer, Enola Gay, Hiroshima 6 Aug. 1945), 7) "Dutch Van Kirk" (Navigator - Enola Gay 6 Aug. 1945), 8) "Lt. Fred J. Oliveri" (Co-pilot B29 ''Bockscar" Nagasaki Mission, 9 August 1945), 9) "John Kuharek" (Flight Engineer [Bocks Car]), 10) "1st Lt. CD Albury" (Co-pilot Bockscar, Nagasaki Aug 9, 1945), 11) "Frederick Ashworth" (Commander US Navy, "Weaponeer" Crew Bockscar, Nagasaki 9 Aug. 1945), 12) "Harold Agnew" (Scientific Observer 6 August 1945), 13) "Lawrence H. Johnston" (scientific measurements, Great Artiste Aug 6, Aug 9, July 16, 1945), 14) "Hugh C. Ferguson" (Pilot - Bockscar Crew C-13 The Great Artiste - 9 Aug 1945). All of the signatures have been boldly scripted, grading "9/10." This is a rare and near-inclusive collection of signatures relating to the dropping of the atomic bomb. The book, published by Time-Life Books in 1998, displays wear at the four corners (including splitting to the boards) and is missing its original dust jacket. The interior pages, including the signature page, are all clean and bright with no visible flaws. Overall Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $406.00


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