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This collection contains many photographs, records, and news articles about Jerome (Jerry) Yellin and his experiences as a World War II pilot. It also contains some spectacular items, such as a story depicting Yellin as a modern Maccabee pilot, a dog tag, different types of currency attached together with tape, and an invitation to celebrate the first long-range escort raid over mainland Japan.
Jerome Yellin was born in New Jersey in 1924, and convinced his parents to let him join the Army Air Corps in 1942. After a few years of training, cadet Yellin qualified to become a 2nd Lieutenant, and was assigned to the 78th Fighter Squadron. In 1943, Yellin experienced an engine malfunction and was forced to bail out near Haleiwa, Hawaii. He was an exceptional pilot, which is why he was specifically chosen among his squadron to be the first long-range escort fighter pilot to fly to mainland Japan and defend the B-29 bombers on their way to Tokyo and was purportedly the first Jewish pilot to do so. Yellin was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Captain while in service. Sgt. George Ammerman, part of the 78th Fighter Squadron, described Yellin as always focused on his mission and a, “Maccabee with Wings.” He flew over one thousand hours of missions in various aircraft, predominantly fighter planes. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and was honorably discharged in May, 1955. In 1995, he published “Of War and Weddings.”
0.48 Cubic Feet One (1) box, 10" x 15" x 5"
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