|Born||February 15, 1924|
Newark, New Jersey
|Died||December 21, 2017 (aged 93)|
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army Air Forces|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Rank||Captain (United States O-3)|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Air raids on Japan
Pacific Ocean theater of World War II
Jerome "Jerry" Yellin (February 15, 1924 – December 21, 2017) was a former United States Army Air Forces fighter pilot. He flew the final combat mission of World War II in a North American P-51 Mustang against a military airfield near Tokyo on August 14, 1945 (August 15, 1945 local time in Tokyo).
Yellin's mission was executed five days after a U.S. Army Air Force Boeing B-29 Superfortress named Bockscar had dropped a second American nuclear weapon on Japan, with the second being dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
References[change | change source]
- "WWII’s ‘last fighter pilot’ relives fateful flight — and the PTSD that followed". New York Post. 2017-05-28. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
- Jerry Yellin, fighter pilot in last combat mission of World War II, dies at 93 The Washington Post, December 21, 2017.