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Nov 16, 2005

Historic Enola Gay Map Brings $72,000

From Japan Today:
A highly detailed map once used by the crew aboard Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima in the closing days of World War II, was sold for $72,000 at Christie's auction house Tuesday in New York.

The map, printed on weave cloth for durability, was carried on the flight by co-pilot Robert A Lewis, who had carefully drawn arrows of the B-29's flight path to Hiroshima to drop the nuclear device and the return journey. In large block letters Lewis wrote, "Hiroshima Bombing/Aug 6, 1945 8:15 a.m. This map was carried/on flight by Capt Bob Lewis" on the far right-hand portion of the map.