Theodore Jerome “Dutch” Van Kirk

Theodore Jerome “Dutch” Van Kirk

Birth
Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 28 Jul 2014 (aged 93)
Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
Burial Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 133531038 · View Source
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World War II United States Military Figure. Captain Van Kirk was the last surviving crew member of the B-29 Superfortress Bomber, known as the Enola Gay, that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 1945. Pilot Colonel Paul Tibetts hand picked Van Kirk to be his navigator on the historic mission. Van Kirk remained in the military for one more year following the war and then received a bachelors and masters degree in chemical engineering. He had a 35 year career with Dupont before retiring in 1985. In 2007 Van Kirk auctioned off his flight log from the Enola Gay mission because he wanted it to be in a museum. It sold for $358,500.

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  • Added: 29 Jul 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 133531038
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore Jerome “Dutch” Van Kirk (27 Feb 1921–28 Jul 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 133531038, citing Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .