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Yellin book signing Friday

Sep 06, 2017

Jerry Yellin, who made Fairfield his home for many years, will have a book signing from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday at the TM Information Center.

Yellin will be signing copies of “The Last Fighter Pilot, The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II.”

“The Last Fighter Pilot,” by Don Brown, is a first-person account of war from Yellin, one of America’s last living World War II veterans.

From April to August of 1945, Capt. 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 Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, the pilots continued to fly. Though Japan had suffered unimaginable devastation, the emperor still refused to surrender.

Brown sits down with Yellin, now in his 90s, to tell the incredible true story of the final combat mission of World War II. Nine days after Hiroshima, on the morning of Aug. 14, Yellin and his wingman 1st Lt. Phillip Schlamberg took off from Iwo Jima to bomb Tokyo. By the time Yellin returned to Iwo Jima, the war was officially over, but Schlamberg would never get to hear the news.

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