Last surviving member of crew that dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima dies in Georgia at age 93
Theodore VanKirk, also known as 'Dutch,' died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. He was 93.
VanKirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress aircraft that dropped 'Little Boy' — the world's first atomic bomb — over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb killed 140,000 in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki three days later.
VanKirk was 24 years old at the time.
Time to make another trip to the Smithsonian Museum's Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Annex.