Spring Auction 2020 Sale 78
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The first session will start live bidding on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT.
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Fine lot of seven items signed by various crewmen who flew in aircraft in support of, or witnessing the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945 by the B-29 "Bockscar". Included is: "BOCKSCAR" (weapon blast measurement), S.P., 8 x 10 in. color, an image of the bomber's nose art, signed by Commander FRED BOCK, Pilot HUGH FERGUSON, Navigator LEONARD GODFREY, Radar Operator WILLIAM BARNEY, Scanner/Engr. RALPH BELANGER, Radio Opertator RALPH CURRY, Tail Gunner ROBERT STOCK and Mechanic ROBERT HAIDER; "BIG STINK" (high-speed photography), S.P., 3.5 x 6.25 in., nose art of Bockscar signed by British observer Capt. JEFFREY LEONARD CHESHIRE who adds: "The last thing I wanted, but it had to be done"; JACOB BESER, radar operator on both atomic missions, small signed pre-printed card; "ENOLA GAY" (weather report, Kokura replaCing "UP AN' ATOM", S.P., 5 x 7 in. b/w, nose art of Up an' Atom signed by Navigator RUSSELL GACKENBACH, Engineer JAMES CORLISS, and Ground Mechanic ADAM BEZDEGIAN, with a postal cover signed by Pilot GEORGE MARQUARDT; and "TOP SECRET" (advance weather recon), 7 x 5 in. color, nose art of Top Secret signed by Pilot JAMES BONTEKOE, Navigator JAMES WIDOWSKY, Bombardier FRANK MACGREGOR, Flight Engineer GEORGE COHEN, Scanner DONALD COLE, Radio Operator LLOYD REEDER, Radar Operator WILLIAM ORREN, and ground crew members FRANK SCHRAMKE and OSCAR SHIPPER[?], with a postal cover signed by Aircraft Commander CHARLES MCKNIGHT. Seven pieces, fine.
(NAGASAKI MISSION) SUPPORT AIRCRAFT SIGNED GROUPING (7)
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