1921 US Navy Sextant Owned by Enola Gay Admiral/Bomber

You are bidding on a very unique and rare piece of American naval and wartime history. This is a 1921 United States Navy Sextant made by Brandis & Sons of Brooklyn , New York . This wonderful original Navy sextant has one very important distinction. It was owned by Rear Admiral William Sterling Parsons. Admiral Parsons was the man who armed the first war-use atomic bomb while on board the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima , Japan on August 6, 1945. We are not sure if this sextant was on board the Enola Gay and we make no claims on that account, but it certainly was owned by him.

Rear Admiral William Sterling "Deak" Parsons (November 26, 1901 - December 5, 1953) was an American military engineer, best known for being the weaponeer on the Enola Gay (at the time, he had the rank of Captain) which dropped the first atomic bomb on the Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.

He bridged the gap between pure science and engineering, between laboratory research and military application of that research. He played a key role in the design and deployment of the proximity fuse, and helped to research, develop, assemble, and finally drop the atomic bomb. Parsons crawled into the Arctic-cold bomb bay of the Enola Gay to arm the bomb while the plane was in mid-flight to Japan
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