|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2019|
When Billy Hobbs and his fellow Hellcat aviators from Air Group 88 lifted off from the venerable Navy carrier USS Yorktown early on the morning of August 15, 1945, they had no idea they were about to carry out the final air mission of World War II. Two hours later, Yorktown received word from Admiral Nimitz that the war had ended and that all offensive operations should cease. As the pilots were turning back, 20 Japanese planes suddenly dove from the sky above them and began a ferocious attack. Recounting a little known episode of World War II, the author of Tin Can Titans tells the riveting story of these four pilots and the war's final dogfight.