Lone Survivor of Enola Gay Visits UWG

Friday, April 9, 2010

The University of West Georgia will host Theodore Van Kirk, navigator of the Enola Gay, on Wednesday, April 14, at 6:45 p.m. in the Biology Building Lecture Hall, Room 151. He is the last surviving member of the crew that dropped “Little Boy” on Hiroshima.

The servicemen aboard the planes that struck Hiroshima and Nagasaki knew that their missions would change the world. The 89-year-old “Dutch” Van Kirk will talk about his mission to drop the atom bomb on Hiroshima to end World War II and other secret missions.

Van Kirk was responsible for keeping the plane on course. For the Hiroshima mission, the Enola Gay was stripped of anything not absolutely necessary and took off on its mission 6,000 pounds lighter. Altogether, the flight took 12 hours and 15 minutes.

The community is invited to attend this historically significant lecture. For more information, call the Department of History at 678-839-6508. To read an excerpt from one of Van Kirk’s 1944 navigator log entries go to http://home.att.net/~sallyann4/secret-mission.html.