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On the morning of August 15, 1945, Captain Jerry Yellin flew the last combat mission of World War II out of Iwo Jima. Today, Captain Yellin is a sharp, engaging, 93-year-old veteran whose story is brought to life by best-selling author Don Brown (Treason).
From April to August of 1945, Captain Jerry Yellin and a small group of fellow fighter pilots flew dangerous bombing and strafing 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.
Best-selling author Don Brown sits down with Yellin to tell the incredible true story of the final combat mission of World War II. Nine days after Hiroshima, on the morning of August 15, Yellin and his wingman First Lieutenant Philip 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.
©2017 Don Brown (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By C. Heitman on 12-06-17

Great listen!

A fantastic and fascinating book. Great account of the end of the war through a unique set of eyes.

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By Bill M. on 09-11-17

Yes, Jerry Yelling was The Last Fighter Pilot.

I love listening to first hand accounts of the War in the Pacific.
For me, Yellin's account of the last months of the war over Toko.
He is honest and loyal to his feelings as he shares the sadness of losing men in his squadron, close friends all.
Sledge wrote the book considered to be the template for all first hand accounts of the War in the Pacific. I place Yellin next to Sledge because both men share their unadulterated feelings about war and their wars.
WFM

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