the Halyard Mission
Posted 19 October 2007 - 06:27 PM
Can anyone help?
Posted 19 October 2007 - 06:48 PM
Serbian Unity Congress | Serbian People's History - Draza Mihailovich and the Rescue of US Airmen during World War II
Posted 19 October 2007 - 07:02 PM
I look forward to reading the article. One of my dad's very close friends was shot down and spent over two months with Mihailovich. He is being used as a consultant for a huge film that is now in the works to tell this apparently widely unknown story.
Posted 19 October 2007 - 08:20 PM
Have you read Freeman's The forgotten 500? You may have since you know about the story, but just in case here is the link.
Amazon.com: The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All For the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II: Books: Gregory A. Freeman
Posted 19 October 2007 - 09:57 PM
I'm not sure the information about the film is widely known. Apparently it will be made in 2008 and Robin Williams will play Mihalovich with a possible of George Clooney playing Tito.
The friend of my father's who is working on this, knows about Felstead's book and says it contains many "untruths". He told me about "The Forgotten 500" along with 3 others that are very good by David Martin. Ally Betrayed, General Mihalovich,Patriot or Traitor and Web of Misinformation. Another book, was Too Little To Late, but he couldn't remember the author.
Norm, my dad's friend, is very excited about this as after the war, he has made it as he says"my lifelong mission to clear General Mihalovich's name."
Norm flew Wellingtons with #40 Squadron, 205 group, flying out of Italy.
It sounds like a very interesting story.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 08:16 PM
Posted 04 October 2008 - 06:42 PM
Rescue Behind Enemy Lines - Operation Halyard and the Rescue in Occupied Serbia » HistoryNet - From the World's Largest History Magazine Publisher
For the first time I have seen "History" at close quarters,and I know that its actual process is very different from what is presented to Posterity. - WWI General Max Hoffman.
Posted 20 June 2009 - 04:42 AM
Oliver Goldsmith, "I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines."
Posted 20 June 2009 - 01:11 PM
I have read the book and found it to be an excellent read. Even if you are not participating in the discussion, I heartily recommend that you read the book if possible.
Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:23 PM
I believe most of the airmen rescued, were members of Squadrons belonging to 8 Group stationed in Italy. I am looking for data for the period of February 1944 to September 1944. Specifically,
Number of allied aircraft lost
Number of airmen killed
Number of airmen wounded
Number of airmen taken POW
Number who found sanctuary and ultimately escape through contact with the guerillas, and Mihailovich.
During this time period these aircraft would have been taking part in raids to destroy the oil refineries/fields, key bridges, and mining the Danube River to destroy the barges carrying the oil in and around Ploesti Romania.
Any information or sources of information would be appreciated.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 10:38 PM
Personal interviews start about 3 minutes into this video:
WW2 Allied Operation: Halyard, The Forgotten 500
Edited by Fred Wilson, 05 November 2011 - 10:49 PM.
RCAF Navigator: Lancasters and Wellingtons,
Bomber Command, WW2
Named after Fred Sutherland of the Dambusters.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 01:14 AM
Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:16 PM
It is especially confusing, because with time it only gets more confusing.
Thanks, Fred. I took part in the discussion with Mr. Freeman on his role in writing The Forgotten 500. I must admit that the book was good, but I'm still confused on Yugoslavian politics.
Rescue of allied airman was done both by royalist chetniks and communist partizans. Since at the time (mid 1944), partisans held more territory they rescued more airmen. Entire rescue was not well known during communist era, because it is not one of the larger episodes of liberation war. At the time, much larger and important events took place.
Since nowadays chetnik movement is getting sort of rehabilitation in Serbia, this event became well known, since it is largest operation chetniks made with allies during 1944. British cut their connections with chetniks at the end of 1943. and channeled all their support to Tito's partisans. Americans had their mission until end of Halyard mission.
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