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The 509th Composite Group was created to plan and execute the deployment of the first atomic bomb. Gen. Paul Tibbets headed up that group and flew a B-29 named The Enola Gay in August 1945 and completed the mission that many feel brought a quick end to World War II.


Limited time only, with the minimum purchase of $75.00US from the collectible section, we will Include this beautiful handsigned 8 x 10 autographed photo of "Top Secret" on Tinian signed by Jack Widowsky, Navigator, both atomic missions, quantities are limited. While supplies last.


Monday July 28th at 4:30 p.m. I lost a good friend and mentor, Theodore J. " Dutch" Van Kirk. I first met Dutch In 1990 and had corresponded with him prior to that. When Tom Ferebee died I asked Dutch If he would join us at signings, thus began a 14 year close relationship. I can even say that he saved my life by Insisting that I obtain a second opinion on a serious medical problem I had. Over the years I realized that Dutch was the best spokesperson from the Enola Gay Crew to explain the use of the Atomic Bomb In ending the war. He had a good life, as a youth In Northumberland, Pa. he rowed flats of coal up and down the Susquehanna River working with his father. He flew 58 Missions over North Africa In the B17" Red Gremlin" as Navigator for Paul Tibbets and with Tom Ferebee the Bombardier. After the war he had a successful career with Dupont.

I'll miss our signings, our laughter, the stories.
I'll end this by saying " Job well done " I'll miss you.

Thank you to Jim Kealy for the photos especially the last one of Mary Ann Ferebee, Amelia Krauss, Dutch and myself. Dutch often referred to Amelia and I as the "Bickersons" a 1940's radio program In which the wife and husband bantered back and forth.

Robert Krauss

509th Composite Group The 509th Remembered!
If there ever was a book that is a must for everyone interested in the history of the 509th Composite Group, this is it! Here is the complete history of America's atomic bomb missions during WWII as told through the personal reminiscences and photos of the 509th veterans themselves. - Click here!

Free Shipping of "The 509th Remembered" book to The United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, January 1st 2014 - September 5th 2014, a $33.00 savings!

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509th Facts

Why did the Enola Gay’s tail markings change?

This web site contains historical information from that period along with a large selection of rarely seen images of the men, documents and aircraft involved. We hope you will also visit the Message Forum to join in discussions about the Enola Gay, The Manhattan Project, 509th Composite Group and more.

Thank you to the National Rifle Association for presenting us with a Certificate of Appreciation Award three years in a row at their annual meeting for our display of 509th memorabilia.

Visit Our Enola Gay and 509th Composite Group Collectibles section for a selection of rare and unique historical items that are not available anywhere else - more

509th Newsletter

Spring 2014

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509th Veterans & families - Outstanding Unit Award click here!

Los Alamos-Life on the Hill by Larry Johnston
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Paul Tibbets Interview by Studs Terkel

Dropping The Atomic Bomb - By Richard Russell
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For autographed copies of Dutch's book "My True Course" please go to the collectible page to order.

The Message Forum is a great place to discuss the Enola Gay, and historical perspectives surrounding these world changing events - more>>

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