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Published on Nov 18, 2011
Serbs Rescued over 500 American Pilots in World War II
The Halyard Mission is one of the largest evacuations of fallen Allied airmen in occupied Europe during WWII. From August 1944 to February 1945 with the help of the Serbian population around 600 airmen were transported to Allied bases
One of the last untold stories of World War II is also one of the greatest - a story of adventure, daring, danger and heroics, followed by a web of conspiracy, lies, and coverup. "Halyard Mission" in 1944, the largest rescue ever of downed American airmen. More than 500 U.S. airmen were rescued, along with some from other countries, all right under the noses of the Germans, and mostly in broad daylight. The mission was a complete success
The U.S., British, and Yugoslav governments hid details of this story for decades, purposefully denying credit to the heroic rescuers and the foreign ally who gave his life to help allied airmen as they were hunted down by Nazis in the hills of Yugoslavia.