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Bombing of the Ploiesti, Romania, oil refineries, a key German resource, started in 1942. Allied pilots sustaining damage frequently bailed out over Serbia in German-occupied Yugoslavia, where the resistance and others hid them. By 1944, more than 500 were stranded and slowly starving. The OSS concocted the daring Operation Halyard to airlift them, but they had to construct a landing strip without tools and without alerting the Germans or endangering local villagers, and then the rescuers had to avoid being shot down themselves. The operation's story is an exciting tale, but it was kept from general knowledge for decades; the resistance leader most responsible was a rival to Tito. Nazi-baited by a Stalinist mole in British intelligence, he was executed in 1946 with the consent of Britain and America, which thereafter refused to acknowledge having been snookered (the State Department kept many details classified more than 50 years). Evoking the rescuees' successive desperation, wild hope, and joy, and their gratitude to the Serbians who risked their lives to help, Freeman produces a breathtaking popular account. Murray, Frieda --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers
Fascinating full of romance, action, and adventure told with skill and grace.
America in WWII
A literary and journalistic achievement of the highest order, a book that illuminates [and] thrills It will take your breath away.
Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Dark --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
well written story about a few 'can-do' guys who refused to let the bureaucrats forget about the fate of hundreds of allied airmen who were trapped behind enemy lines after bailing... Read morePublished 3 days ago by ronald a. moore
Mind blowing tale. This book is hard to put down and is worth a read for anyone interested in WWII or currently in the military. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nick
totally enjoyed it. Proof there are good people everywhere in this world!Published 7 days ago by Kathy M.
Yet another story about the resilience of the greatest generation and the gratitude shown to Americans. The extrication was incredible even by today's standards. God bless America.Published 8 days ago by Shad Gilbert
A must read for everyone both old, young, and in between. Excellent information on how the American fliers over Europe during WW 2 were helped by the Yugoslavian people. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Zoe Johnson
This is an excellent story of a little known event in WWII of allied airmen who had been shot down and the people who helped save them. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Roberta C. Mayer
This is a great story but it drags badly in the middle and the writing and editing are somewhat weak. Read morePublished 18 days ago by TarHeelFan
Fabulous true story. Amazing how a spy can change the course of history and good proles reputation!Published 18 days ago by EPM1