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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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  • W. Hall
  • 23-11-2020

Last fighter pilot

Best WWII Aviation book ever read. Excellent
Very personal and accurate Would like mire like it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-06-2020

A history Air War in the South Pacific & Iwo Gima

My father was a P51 fighter pilot and squadron leader in the same fighter group. He told me a few stories over the years but did not go into a lot of detail with many until the year before he died. I now see the bigger picture of what that was like. My dad was in the first fighter squadron to land on Iwo Gima, survived (barely) the night "banzai" attack, and 14 missions over Japan. Thank you Captain Yellin for this account of the Pineapple Air Force! (7th Air Force). These were great men. Many did not return.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-2019

Thumbs up!

My husband who is an airforce pilot was immersed in the story. He enjoyed the history and as a pilot connected with the actions of the fellas in the story.

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  • Avid Kindle Reader
  • 16-12-2018

Nice History Book But Little About Combat Flying

This is more of a history story about a small portion of the air war in the Pacific than it is about fighter pilots and flying. If you're looking for combat flying stories this book is not for you. No disrespect to Capt Yellen as he's one of the best and bravest. I just wish the book was more about his exploits as a fighter pilot.

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  • CrazyBird
  • 08-09-2021

Needs to be heard....

There are many repeated comments but the history is well worth knowing and the personal information makes it all the more interesting and memorable. This book introduces us to young flyers of this war that should be memorialized and recognized for their guts, common sense, love of fellow man, high morals and patriotism. This book, though sometimes repetitive, kept my attention enough to finish and introduced me to the fine flyers of the last group of fighter pilots to fly in WWll. (Since I lost an uncle on August 11, 1945 while flying in a Liberator over the Pacific all books of this type interest me very much.)

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  • alan
  • 17-08-2021

beautiful

this book brought tears to my eyes, especially the end which was very powerful

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  • Paul Duit
  • 27-03-2021

Amazing Air Force History Over the Pacific

I started out this book thinking it was just going to be the story of one pilot during World War II but instead it was a very Thorough history of US air core aviation in the Pacific theater. It was an outstanding book and one I need to keep in my library and refer back to often.

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  • Mona Odom
  • 20-03-2021

Good story

I learned a number of things I wasn’t aware of during the final days of the Pacific campaign. A good use my time. Story well done.

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  • Don Rottiers
  • 23-01-2021

Excellent read

If you enjoy WW2 flying stories this is a great read and it’s a true story! Enjoy

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  • Diane D.
  • 12-10-2018

Must read. Engrossing.

I bought this for my husband and began listening when I ran out of everything else in my audible library. I was hooked before I even started chapter 1. This is an example where true life trumps the “made up” stories I usually read.

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