Descriptive Finding Guide for Jerome Yellin Personal PApers SDASM.SC.10161

Daniel Schlachet
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
July 26, 2013
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego 92101

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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Conditions Governing Use

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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


Box 01


Folder 01 – Record Jacket


Folder 02 – Individual Records


Folder 03 – Military Forms, Military Medical Forms, Insurance, Absent Records


Folder 04 – Newspaper Articles


Folder 05 – In-flight Accident Papers


Folder 06 – Equipment Papers


Folder 07 – Restricted Documents


Folder 08 – Maccabee With Wings partial story


Folder 09 – Biographical Records


Folder 10 – Certificates/Awards


Folder 11 – Fragile Items


Folder 12 – Photographs and one negative