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Theodore Van Kirk, navigator of plane which dropped Hiroshima bomb, dies

  • Theodore Van Kirk, the last sustaining member of the American air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, has died at the age of 93.

    Van Kirk was 24 when he was made navigator of the Enola Gay, the plane which dropped the bomb, the first nuclear weapon to be ever used in war. Around 140,000 people were killed in the devastating attack.

    Van Kirk defended the mission in later years, saying it helped bring an end to World War 2. 

     

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