The astonishing, never before told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II—when the OSS got down to recuperate more than 500 airmen trapped in the back of 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 very own lives to give refuge to the soldiers at the same time as they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard used to be born. The risks were improbable. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia needed 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 needed 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, in the back of-the-scenes have a look at the greatest escape of World War II.
“Amazing [and] riveting.”—James Bradley, New York Times bestselling writer of Flags of Our Fathers