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Enola Gay navigator to speak in L.A.

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By Special to the Monitor

Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the navigator for the Enola Gay, will be in Los Alamos Sunday for an appearance and book signing sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society. One of two surviving crewmembers of the Enola Gay, Van Kirk served as the navigator for the 509th Composite Group, the squadron that ultimately delivered the atomic bombs on Japan.

Tickets for the event are $5 and are available at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop, 1050 Bathtub Row, just north of Fuller Lodge.

Van Kirk’s book signing and presentation will begin at 1 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. He will show a short DVD with archival footage and interviews of the Enola Gay crew as well as talk about some of his experiences. He will also sign books, “The 509th Remembered,” which will be on sale at the event. All other autographs are $20 each.

Van Kirk was born Feb. 27, 1921 in Northumberland, Penn. After high school, he attended Susquehanna University and worked in a grocery store before joining the Air Cadet program of the Army Air Corps in October 1941. He graduated from navigation school and in April 1942 was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at Kelly Field, Texas.


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