The last fighter pilot : the true story of the final combat mission of World War II

Brown, Don, 1960- author

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  • Creator Don Brown with Captain Jerry Yellin ; forewords by Captain Jerry Yellin and Melanie Sloan
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Washington, DC : Regnery History, [2017]
  • Physical Details
    • xxxiii, 222 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
  • ISBNs 9781621575061, 1621575063, 9781621575559
  • OCLC ocn994206189


  • "From April to August of 1945, Captain Jerry Yellin and a small group of fellow fighter pilots flew dangerous bombing and strafe missions out of Iwo Jima over Japan. Even days after America dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9, the pilots continued to fly. Though Japan had suffered unimaginable devastation, the emperor still refused to surrender. Bestselling author Don Brown (Treason) sits down with Yelllin, now ninety-three years old, to tell the incredible true story of the final combat mission of World War II. Nine days after Hiroshima, on the morning of August 14th, Yellin and his wingman 1st Lieutenant Phillip Schlamberg took off from Iwo Jima to bomb Tokyo. By the time Yellin returned to Iwo Jima, the war was officially over--but his young friend Schlamberg would never get to hear the news. The Last Fighter Pilot is a harrowing first-person account of war from one of America's last living World War II veterans."--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-215) and index.


  • Preface: springtime in America -- The Seventy-Eighth Fighter Squadron -- The first night in Hell -- A graveyard for bombers and the need for Iwo Jima -- Assessing the threat -- Hell rains from the skies -- The Chichi Jima problem: the last impediment for the fighters -- Hitting Chichi Jima -- In the mind of the enemy -- Prelude to a massacre -- Massacre of the night fighters -- Jerry hopes for a chance -- The rain; and news; breaks -- On to Japan -- The Second Empire mission and the death of a president -- Baseball, softball, and the southern boy from Clemson -- The raid on Osaka -- Five hours over Chichi Jima -- Heartbreak over Tokyo -- The blazing winds of August -- Jerry hears the news -- The enemy stalls -- Over Tokyo -- Epilogue: the final salute
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