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My true course : Dutch Van Kirk, Northumberland to Hiroshima

Author: Suzanne Simon Dietz; Theodore Jerome Van Kirk; Grace Snyder Van Kirk
Publisher: Lawrenceville, GA : Red Gremlin Press LLC, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In September 1941 from the idyllic small town of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, a Depression kid and one of the river rats of the Susquehanna, Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk reported to Sikeston, Missouri, as an aviation cadet with hopes of becoming a pilot. Van Kirk's voice and letters tell the story of his True Course, navigating fifty-eighty missions during the early B-17 heavy bombing raids into Europe and North  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Records and correspondence
Sources
Correspondence
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Theodore Jerome Van Kirk; Theodore Jerome Van Kirk; Theodore Jerome Van Kirk
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Simon Dietz; Theodore Jerome Van Kirk; Grace Snyder Van Kirk
ISBN: 9780692016763 0692016767
OCLC Number: 894912151
Notes: "Dutch Van Kirk, Navigator Enola Gay, Hiroshima, August 6, 1945"--Page vi.
Description: xxi, 578 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Voices from the Doolittle Raid --
Foreword by D.M. Giangreco --
Japan's American prisoners of war --
Northumberland, hometown America --
Sikeston, Air Corps Training Detachment --
Kelly Field, School of Navigation --
Sarasota, 97th Bombardment Group --
European Theatre, Operation Bolero --
North African Theatre, Operation Torch --
Selman Field, AAF Navigation School --
Wendover, Silver Plated Project --
Tinian, Preparing for Operation Centerboard --
Hiroshima, Special Mission No. 13 --
"No regrets" --
Epilogue --
Appendix A: Lieutenants rated aircraft observers (aerial navigators) --
Appendix B: Other Bolero 340th Bombardment Squadron crews --
Appendix C: Airplane call letters for 414th, 341st, and 359th Bombardment Squadrons --
Appendix D: Northumberland's World War II dead --
Appendix E: Text of 509th Composite Group monument at Wendover, Utah --
Appendix F: 509th Composite Group Outstanding Unit Award (With Valor).
Other Titles: Dutch Van Kirk, Northumberland to Hiroshima
Responsibility: Suzanne Simon Dietz.

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"In September 1941 from the idyllic small town of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, a Depression kid and one of the river rats of the Susquehanna, Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk reported to Sikeston, Missouri, as an aviation cadet with hopes of becoming a pilot. Van Kirk's voice and letters tell the story of his True Course, navigating fifty-eighty missions during the early B-17 heavy bombing raids into Europe and North Africa, and charting Special Mission No. 13, the first atomic bomb strike in history. Dutch is the last living crewman of the B-29 Enola Gay."--Jacket.

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