My True Course: Dutch Van Kirk Northumberland to Hiroshimaby Suzanne Simon Dietz
Look out your window and you can see him; he looks like the boy next door, a Depression-era kid. The now ninety-year-old gentleman with a glint in his eye, a remarkable memory, and a sharp wit became in 2011 the only living crewman from the Boeing Silverplate B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945. A debate continued for more
Look out your window and you can see him; he looks like the boy next door, a Depression-era kid. The now ninety-year-old gentleman with a glint in his eye, a remarkable memory, and a sharp wit became in 2011 the only living crewman from the Boeing Silverplate B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945. A debate continued for more than half a century with his former commanding officer, Paul Tibbets, until his death about how Dutch Van Kirk came to navigate the Enola Gay from Tinian in the southwest Pacific Ocean to Honshu, one of the main islands of Japan. The answer is part of Dutch's biographical chronicle My True Course from his hometown Northumberland, Pennsylvania, to the Pacific Theatre. Letters from home, his own correspondence, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, military orders, presidential speeches, and interviews of family members and others from the greatest generation build the chapters of his story.
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Suzanne Simon Dietz is the historian for the Town of Porter, Niagara County, and the Aero Club of Buffalo, New York. She has lectured in Western New York on local history topics and in particular German prisoners of war held at Fort Niagara, a major POW camp during World War II. She is the author of Porter Images of America, Lewiston Images of America, Honor Thy Fathers & Mothers: Niagara Frontier's Legacy of Patriotism and Survival, POW's Interned at Fort Niagara: A Reference Manual, and co-author with Amy Lynn Freiermuth for Lewiston Then & Now. She writes and researches for the Niagara Aerospace Museum, and presently is working on a collection of veterans' stories from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. She has consulted for the history of the Tuscarora Indian Nation and also contributed to several books on Niagara County history and numerous local history publications.
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My rating and review for this book is not because I think I know who Flyboy1944 and AvFan are, as you'll see below. My rating and review of this book is objective, based on the fact that I've enjoyed reading aviation books about aviators and specific aircraft for close to 60 years. I purchased this book at its full price when it came out not only because I knew about Flyboy1944's friendship and book project with Van Kirk from years ago, but because I thought that this might be that book. The way Flyboy1944 was speaking about getting Van Kirk's story told, years before this travesty was published, made it sound exciting. Flyboy1944 said that he and Van Kirk had planned on the project (book) being a detailed account of Van Kirk's aviation career, which this book (except for a bit here and there) has nothing to do with. As a former member of the disgusting and "user unfriendly" 'modeling club' mentioned by this AvFan fellow, I too left this incredibly VILE 'club' many years ago because of the selfish, rude and crude people who inhabit it. It amazes me as to how AvFan outright slanders Flyboy1944 and how Barnes & Noble keeps this garbage up since 7/25/12! It's not even remotely related to a book review! I'm pretty sure that Flyboy1944 was the one who was involved with Van Kirk for several years in this project, then had the whole project lifted and butchered when Flyboy1944 had so trustingly brought that excuse for an author into his project. Separate from what I've spoken about concerning this slanderous AvFan fellow, the vile modeling club that's inhabited by incredibly selfish people and Flyboy1944, I wish I'd saved my money and hadn't purchased this book. Be assured to know that before you pay more than .99 cents from a bargain book rack for it, this misrepresentation isn't really an aviation book. I'm of the opinion that this is a book that should have only been written privately for the Van Kirk family. It would have made a lovely Christmas stocking-stuffer for those within that family who might have been interested in reading one of their family members censored WW2 correspondence with home. To those looking to obtain Van Kirk's signature, please consider the following... Van Kirk is the longest surviving crew member of the ENOLA GAY. He's attended hundreds of air shows, seminars and has partnered-up with many authors to sign their books on the ENOLA GAY, the 509th, etc. Even though Van Kirk has signed a plethora of items (books, etc.) over the years, he's unfortunately no Paul Tibbets or Jimmy Doolittle. So considering the thousands upon thousands of books and items Van Kirk has signed over the years, his signature is still extremely reasonable to obtain on something that's much more worthwhile.
Please do not pay any attention to flyboy1944, he is a member of our modeling club and is a sick and vial individual, he claims to know all of the aviation greats and is a self proclaimed aviation historian. Far from it, he stalks veterans and acquires artifacts for resale on Ebay. He attacks the author like a Pit Bull as he treats anyone anyone he feels will not agree with him or kiss his ring for his self proclaimed greatness.
Bought this book Friday at the National Museum of the USAF in Dayton OH after hearing Dutch VanKirk speak. I am half way through the book and love how this book is written and feel it is a piece of history on a more personal level. Came on this website to buy another copy for my father in law because he was so jealous. I see that a previous poster only gave it one-star. They must not have read the book just like I am not going to their horrible review.
If you liked "Unbroken" - you'll love "My True Course" - another great story of an American hero and the family who waited for him.