astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of
World War II—when the OSS set out to recover more than five hundred 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. Download and start listening now!