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Published on May 17, 2009
They landed in German-occupied Serbia, but got help from Serbian resistance fighters led by General Draza Mihailovich, U.S. and British ally. These veterans feel the U.S. didn't give General Mihailovich credit for helping them. The U.S. and Britain abandoned Mihailovich as an ally. After the war, he was executed by firing squad by a communist leader.
One of the greatest rescue and escape stories ever, but hardly anyone has heard about it. And that's by design. 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.