Last Survivor of Enola Gay Crew Dead at 93

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Georgia.

Tom Van Kirk says his father, 93-year-old Theodore Van Kirk, died Monday in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Van Kirk, also known as "Dutch," was the navigator of the Enola Gay. The B-29 Superfortress aircraft dropped "Little Boy" - the world's first atomic bomb - over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Van Kirk was 24 years old at the time.

In a 2005 interview with The Associated Press, Van Kirk said his World War II experience showed that wars and atomic bombs don't settle anything, and he'd like to see the weapons abolished.

The Enola Gay was built in Bellevue at the Martin Bomber plant operating at what is now home to Offutt Air Force Base.


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