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Classified for over half a century for political reasons, this is 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.

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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...

During a bombing campaign, 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, waiting for rescue.

In 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip—without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the rescue 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. The Forgotten 500 is the breathtaking, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II.

"A master storyteller" ---Doug Stanton, bestselling author of In Harm's Way

Patrick Lawlor's excitement boils as planes catch fire and injured men parachute into Yugoslavia.... Lawlor's seeming involvement in the airmen's salvation by simple country people makes the true story delightful to hear." ---AudioFile
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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

Author Gregory A. Freeman

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

Publication date Oct 8, 2007

Running time 11 hrs

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