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Forgotten 500 Gregory A. Freeman

Forgotten 500

Gregory A. Freeman

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An amazing but unknown World War II adventure story. Told in riveting detail for the first time, The Forgotten 500 is a tale of unsung heroes who went above and beyond. James Bradley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers andMoreAn amazing but unknown World War II adventure story. Told in riveting detail for the first time, The Forgotten 500 is a tale of unsung heroes who went above and beyond. James Bradley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys. During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, protected by farmers and peasants, waiting for rescue. 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. Suppressed for more than 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 breathtaking behind-the-scenes look at the most daring escape of World War II.