Join us for a conversation with Pacific War historian and best selling author John Wukovits, who will be interviewed about his latest book: Dogfight Over Tokyo. 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 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.
This webinar was part of regular programming commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II made possible by Bank of America.