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“Dogfight Over Tokyo” with John Wukovits
January 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm$10.00
DOGFIGHT OVER TOKYO
The Last Air Battle of the Pacific War
It was the early morning of August 15, 1945. When Billy Hobbs and his fellow Hellcat aviators from Air Group 88 lifted off from the venerable Navy carrier USS Yorktown, 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 they were turning back, twenty Japanese planes suddenly dove from the sky above them and began a ferocious attack. Four American pilots never returned–men who had lifted off from the carrier in wartime but were shot down during peacetime. Author John Wukovits, known for his riveting, edge-of-your-seat writing style, is an expert in the Pacific theater of World War II. He draws on participant letters, diaries, and interviews, newspaper and radio accounts, and previously untapped archival records to tell the tragic and inspirational story of the last dogfight of the war through the eyes of Air Group 88’s pilots and crew.
Eight Cousins Books will have copies of this book at the talk.
The book will also be available in the store at 189 Main Street in Falmouth.