Scarce first day cover commemorating the Allied Victory over Japan, the only commemorative stamp to be rescinded by the United States Postal Service after intervention by President Bill Clinton.
This copy is signed by Brig. General Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay. Postmarked on August 14, 1995, Columbus, Ohio, the first day of Non-Issue. Includes a laid-in “History Denied” card, detailing the provenance of the first day cover.
Brigadier General Paul Tibbets (1915-2007) was the pilot of the B-29 Superfortress, known as the Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. He was accompanied by Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk (1921-2014), the navigator of the Enola Gay and last surviving member of the crew.