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Kermit K. Beahan

Born: August 9, 1918 Joplin, Missouri

Died: March 10, 1989 Clear Lake City, Texas

Age: 70

Cause of death: Cardiac arrest

Notable because: On his 27th birthday, he was the bombardier on B-29 'Bockscar' who released the Fat boy atom bomb, killing some 60 - 80 thousand people.
He never expressed remorse, saying the bombing was the best way out of a mess, and that some Japanese had thanked him. The last man to ever drop an Atom bomb.

Kermit K. Beahan was a career officer in the United States Air Force and its predecessor United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He was the bombardier on the crew flying the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bockscar on August 9, 1945, that dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.

A-Bomb damage to Nagasaki

He also participated in the first atomic mission that bombed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Flying as part of the crew of The Great Artiste which was a reference to him, purportedly because he could "hit a pickle barrel with a bomb from 30,000 feet" or he was "good with the fairer sex," his aircraft acted as the blast instrumentation support aircraft for the mission.

Beahan attended Rice University on a football scholarship during the 1930s. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet but washed out of pilot training, becoming a bombardier instead. He was assigned to the 97th Bombardment Group and took part in the first B-17 raids in Europe by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses. He flew 12 missions over Europe and 19 missions over North Africa. He was shot down and crash landed twice in Europe and twice in North Africa. He returned to the United States as a bombing instructor in Midland, Texas. In the summer of 1944, he was recruited by Colonel Paul W. Tibbets to be part of the 509th Composite Group which was formed to deliver the atomic bomb.

The mission to bomb Nagasaki was conducted on Beahan's 27th birthday. Admiral Frederick L. Ashworth, who participated on the mission as weaponeer, credited Beahan with saving the mission from failure by finding an opening in the clouds by which to complete the required visual bombing of the city.

Following the Japanese surrender, he returned to the United States as a crewman in the record-

breaking 1945 Japan–Washington flight under Lieutenant General Barney M. Giles. He remained in the Air Force until 1964, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. After his retirement, he worked as a technical writer for the engineering and construction firm Brown & Root through 1985.

In 1985, on the 40th anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing, Beahan said he would never apologize for the bombing, and that he had been thanked for his role by a group of 25 Japanese. He said the bombing was the "best way out of a hell of a mess." Beahan hoped that he would forever remain the last man to have dropped an atomic bomb.

Kermit Beahan signed autograph 1x3.5 cut Bombardier on Bockscar PSA Slabbed

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Kermit Beahan d 89 Charles Sweeney d 04 & Albury d 09 signed Cover Bockscar PSA

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Editorial Review: This listing is for a Postal Cover signed by the person indicated above. This item has been authenticated and slabbed by PSA/DNA. Please Note: PSA/DNA is the leading 3rd party autograph authenticator. PLEASE NOTE: You will receive the EXACT autograph that is pictured in the scan. Satisfaction is 100%25 guaranteed. AAH Enterprises does NOT sell pre-prints, photocopies or facsimiles of any kind. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions using the ask seller tab above. Major General Charles W. Sweeney (December 27, 1919 - July 16, 2004) was an officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and the pilot who flew Bocks Car carrying the Fat Man atomic bomb to Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Separating from active duty at the end of World War II, he later became an officer in the Massachusetts Air National Guard as the Army Air Forces transitioned to an independent U.S. Air Force, eventually rising to the rank of Major General. Charles Donald Albury (October 12, 1920 - May 23, 2009) was an American military aviator who participated in both atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He co-piloted the United States Army Air Forces B-29 bomber known as the Bockscar during the mission which dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The bombing of Nagasaki killed an estimated 40,000 people instantly, and led to Japan's unconditional surrender on August 14, 1945, ending World War II. Kermit K. Beahan (August 9, 1918 - March 10, 1989) was a career officer in the United States Air Force and its predecessor United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He was the bombardier on the crew flying the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bockscar on August 9, 1945, that dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.


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Charles Sweeney, Albury & Kermit Beahan signed autograph auto Cover Bockscar PSA

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Jacob Beser, Kermit Beahan & Charles Albury signed autograph Bockscar PSA Slab

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Editorial Review: This listing is for a Postal Cover signed by the person indicated above. This item has been authenticated and slabbed by PSA/DNA. Please Note: PSA/DNA is the leading 3rd party autograph authenticator. PLEASE NOTE: You will receive the EXACT autograph that is pictured in the scan. Satisfaction is 100%25 guaranteed. AAH Enterprises does NOT sell pre-prints, photocopies or facsimiles of any kind. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions using the ask seller tab above. Henry A. "Hank" Potter, 0-419614, Colonel Navigator Crew 1 Entered military service at Pierre on July 26, 1940. Attended Yankton College, South Dakota and the University of Oregon. Completed navigator training and commissioned Second Lieutenant in June, 1941. Had Stateside service after Tokyo Raid in Michigan, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, and California. Served overseas in Germany from 1954 to 1958. Holds rating as master navigator. Decorations include Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.


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Bock's Car Crew (Kermit K. Beahan) - First Day Cover Signed co-signed by Zack Taylor

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Editorial Review: ATOMIC BOMB: BOCKS CAR. Commemorative Cover signed: "Kermit K Beahan/Bombardier - 'Bocks Car'/Nagasaki Japan 9 Aug 1945" and, on verso: "Zack Taylor", 6½x3½. Special Aviation cover, rubber stamped cachet, 13-cent U.S. Eagle stamp affixed, pictorially postmarked St. Louis, MO, May 21, 1977, the 50th anniversary of Lindbergh's historic Spirit of St. Louis solo flight from New York to Paris. On verso, illustrated receipt stamp "Flight Time-Approx. 70 Min 5/21/77". KERMIT K. BEAHAN (1918-1989) was bombardier of Bocks Car, the B-29 bomber that dropped the last atomic bomb used in World War II on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945 hastening the end if the war. ZACH TAYLOR was the pilot of Full House, one of the seven planes taking part in the August 6, 1945 Hiroshima mission in which the Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb. Full House headed for Nagasaki, a potential alternate target. On verso, notes in unknown hand (no show through) under signature. Fine condition. - Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. DOCUMENT 28929


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