The final surviving crew member of the first plane to drop the atomic bomb died at his home this week in Stone Mountain. Theodore Van Kirk was 93 years old.
The navigator of the Enola Gay, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II, talked to GPB 's oral history project about the war. He said he’ll never forget what he saw.
"All we could see of the city of Hiroshima was black smoke…dust. It looked like a pot of boiling oil covering the city. The mushroom cloud you've seen pictures of had already formed. It was up well above our altitude already, up to about 40 thousand feet or so and still going. But you could still see that cloud 267 miles away."