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Jerry Yellin
Army Air Corps fighter pilot Jerry Yellin (February 15, 1924-December 21, 2017) flew the last combat mission of World War II. Taking off from Iwo Jima on August 15, 1945 in his P-51 Mustang, he attacked airfields near Nagoya, before heading back to base, his wingman Phillip Schlamberg lost and presumed dead. It was only then that Yellin learned Emperor Hirohito had announced his nation’s surrender hours earlier following the United States’ two atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

After the war, Yellin had difficulty fitting back into civilian life, and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He would find peace in the 1970s after becoming an adherent of Transcendental Meditation, while the marriage of his youngest son to the daughter of a Japanese kamikaze pilot would take him, he wrote, “from hatred to love.” An author of four books, Yellin toured extensively to bring hope to veterans suffering from PTSD, and to heal wounds brought by war.

CREDIT: Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow/U.S. Air Force

Events

Jerry Yellin will be at the National WWII Museum November 16th – 19th of November, 2017. Built on the successes of the Museum’s 70th Anniversary of World War II Conference Series, the Museum decided to break out of the mold of yearly anniversary-themed conferences. Rather than focusing on one year in the war, a particular battle or campaign, or one specific individual each year, the 2017 International Conference on World War II will address the Museum’s mission statement, and impart why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.

Please join Jerry Yellin at the TM Information Center on September 8th, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for a book signing event. Meet Jerry and purchase his new book.

Meet Captain Jerry Yellin – Richard Nixon Library & Museum

Pilot Who Flew Last Mission of World War II

Subject of the book: The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II

Free Event Admission

Capt. Yellin will be in-conversation with Don Brown, author of The Last Fighter Pilot.

Join Captain Jerry Yellin at the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library

Tuesday, May 17th at 11 am.

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