Suzanne Simon Dietz


Photo by Frank Fletcher Broucek.

Historian & Author

Suzanne Simon Dietz is the historian for the Town of Porter in Niagara County, New York, home to Old Fort Niagara. She is a popular lecturer in Western New York on German prisoners of war and local history topics, and writes and researches for the Niagara Aerospace Museum, Niagara Falls, NY.

She served as the historian for the Aero Club of Buffalo and the authorized biographer of Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the navigator of the Silverplate B-29 Enola Gay in World War II. Van Kirk was the last surviving crewman of both atomic strike missions and passed away in

August 2014.
Suzanne served as a consult to Finstripe Productions, Scotland, for “The Day the Bomb Dropped” being aired on the Smithsonian Channel, which includes Van Kirk’s final interview about Hiroshima.

Above, new book published by Old Fort Niagara Association.

Below, “My True Course” on the book shelf at Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum shop.



Award Winners!

Military Writers Society of America Bronze Medal Winner 2015

Surrender September 2, 1945

Military Writers Society of America Silver Medal Winner 2013 

My True Course

Above and below, Dutch Van Kirk and Dietz at Frontiers of Flight Museum,

Love Field, Texas, for book signing.