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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Jerome Yellin Personal Papers
    creator: Yellin, Jerry
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10161
    Physical Description: 0.48 Cubic Feet One (1) box, 10" x 15" x 5"
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1955
    Abstract: 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.

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    Digitized images from this collectiona re available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/sets/72157634845056791/

    Other Finding Aids

    A more detailed finding guide is available at http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/collections/collection_item.php?id=89

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials in this collection were donated to the San Diego Air & Space Museum prior to 2013. The collection has been processed and is open for research with no restrictions.

    Biographical / Historical

    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.”

    Preferred Citation

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Scope and Contents

    One box, 15" x 10" x 5". The collection is composed of photographs and text relating to Jerome Yellin and his experiences as a pilot. Also contained in the collection are a dog tag and a "short snorter" (banknotes signed by air crews and taped together).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    New Jersey (state)
    Jewish fighter pilots
    Japan (nation)
    Hawaii (state)
    Pacific Theater
    North American P-51 Mustang Family
    World War, 1939-1945
    Tōkyō (Japan)
    Aircraft accidents
    Boeing B-29 Superfortress
    Distinguished Flying Cross (Medal)
    Escort fighter planes
    Flight training
    Haleiwa (Hawaii)
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area
    United States. Army. Air Corps
    United States. Army Air Forces
    Yellin, Jerry
    Yellin, Jerry
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 78th
    Doolittle Raiders
    Caterpillar Club
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 18th