Last Surviving Member of the Enola Gay Passes Away

By Valerie Tysanner |, Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 07/30 2014 11:58AM

Updated 07/30 2014 05:34PM

  A Northumberland County native and the last surviving Enola Gay Crew member has died.
   Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk died Monday at his retirement community in Georgia.
  Van Kirk was the 24-year-old navigator of the bomber that dropped the "little boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the end of World War Two.
  In 2005 the man who grew up in Northumberland said he wished that atomic bombs would be abolished.
  Theodore Van Kirk was 93 years old.
Van Kirk will be laid to rest in Northumberland, Northumberland County
To celebrate his life... Northumberland is hosting a b-17 bomber "fly over" next Tuesday... The day of his funeral... It's a way of bringing his life full circle.
People will get the chance to tour the B-17 after the fly over when it lands at the Sunbury Airport.
Northumberland is asking for donations to cover the cost of bringing the plane in -- which is running them about 5 thousand dollars. Any other moneys will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Fund.

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