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Making for Sweden, Part 2: The United States Army Air Force- The Story of the Allied Airmen Who Took Sanctuary in Neutral Sweden Hardcover – 1998


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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Air Research Publishing (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871187370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871187373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Webster, Ph.D., VINE VOICE on September 8, 2005
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This fine book uncovers a piece of little-known history of World War Two. During the war in Europe, Sweden remained neutral, and it was an advantage for both sides, since it provided a contact point for diplomats, spies, and all manner of shadowy people. It also was a lifesaver for American, British, and German flyers when their planes were wrecked by enemy action. If you could make it to Sweden, you were interned for the duration of hostilities. You were not a prisoner. You were more like a guest who cannot leave.

This happened to me near Berlin on May 29, 1944, when fierce attacks by German fighter planes knocked out two of my B-17 bomber's engines, wrecked the right wing, and caused fuel to pour from a ruptured tank. The bomber could never reach England, so the plane staggered across Germany and the Baltic to skid on its belly across the grass of the Bulltofta airfield outside of Malmo, Sweden. The Swedes were wonderfully kind, and I lived a quiet, civilian life in a lovely valley at Loka Brunn until released from internment.

At least 162 American planes landed or crashed in Sweden. In a research effort that must have taken years, Bo Widfeldt and Rolph Wegmann have carefully documented the story of each plane and its crew members. Amazingly, they have photos of many of the wounded planes, and some of the crews, as they came to rest on Swedish soil. This is the definitive book about this aspect of World War Two. Every flyer is listed and a special tribute is made to those flyers who died trying to "make it to Sweden."
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Carter on August 29, 2011
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The book has information on many forcelandings that occurred in Sweden during WW2. Each plane is listed separately with crew information and mission. Many have additional information on their participation in the mission and what happened to the plane to cause it to divert to Sweden, rather than return home. If the authors discovered any other information regarding the plane's crew, it is listed there. Although it did not provide me with additional information on my father's forced landing, it was still an excellent resource. Was a bit surprised that the authors did not highlight the fact that one of my father's crew members was Thomas Carnegie, of the Andrew and Thomas Carnegie family.
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An important addition to the written history of the WW II air war over Europe and the contribution of Sweden and other Scandinavian countries.
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