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The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

The astonishing, never before told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II—when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia…

During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip large enough for C-47 cargo planes—without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the cargo planes had to make it through enemy airspace and back—without getting shot down themselves.
Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of this unforgettable story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is now being told for the first time ever. The Forgotten 500 is the gripping, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II.

“Amazing [and] riveting.”—James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers

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Anonymous says:

a staunch friend of the United States hated the Nazis and wanted to free his country from … The Forgotten 500ByGregory A. FreemanEvery once in a while you discover a book that envelopes your emotions and you wonder how those events could happen. This is one of those stories, a true story.During WWII one of the Nazis’ main sources of fuel was an oil refinery in Ploesti, Romania. The Allied Powers made it their mission to destroy this refinery by sending countless missions from Brindisi, Italy, over Yugoslavia to Ploesti to bomb the facility. In…

Anonymous says:

An Amazing Heroic Story of WWII History sadly covered up by Washington! This is a great book and reveals the inequities of USand British Policy during WWII. The US State Department turned away from the downed US airmen and those who saved them. Had it not been for the brave Serbian Villages and Soldiers under the leadership of Serbian General Mihailovich, fighting against the Wehrmacht, our downed airman would have ended up in enemy hands. If not for those brave Serbians and the US OSS, who put together a very risky plan to rescue the Forgotten 500 and it worked,…

Anonymous says:

This Book Fills-in an Unknown Piece of WWII History Involving the OSS and Betrayal of a War Hero by America and Britain Interesting story about a little known event of WWII, where General Draza Mihailovich of Yugoslavia, a Nazi-occupied nation helped the rescue of American (and other nationalitiies) flyers when their planes were shot down after bombing runs on the heavily defended Ploesti oil fields of Romania. Also a study in how America failed to come to the aid of the courageous and patriotic leader of this effort when he was jailed and killed by his political enemy, Marshall Josip Broz Tito who orchestrated…

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