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The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the GreatestRescue Mission of World War II

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended! Tom Hanks or Ron Howard need to bring this story to the Big Screen! School History classes need to teach this!

I really liked this book. I am a 1st generation Serbian-American. In fact, when my Dad was a pre-teen, he lived very close to that constructed landing strip; and my Mom (also a pre-teen at the time)lived in a nearby village of that same landing strip. I've grown up list...
I really liked this book. I am a 1st generation Serbian-American. In fact, when my Dad was a pre-teen, he lived very close to that constructed landing strip; and my Mom (also a pre-teen at the time)lived in a nearby village of that same landing strip. I've grown up listening to my parents tell me about their childhood experiences in WW2. So, while reading this book, it occured to me that there were quite a few references in the book, that matched directly with some of the stories I heard my parents talk about- concerning their experiences of living that horrible time of their childhood. One story - My Mom remembers being given a piece of silk fabric from a parachute that was entangled in a tree-and sometimes seeing that saved soldier being whisked between houses when Ustashe were nearby. Another story- My Dad recalls hearing intermittent loud plane engines at nighttime. Said all of a sudden he'd hear a plane- like it was dropping out of the sky & might hit the hillside above him- and then the engines were cut off/turned off; a few minutes later-he'd hear a plane engine rev up suddenly- uptop of the same hillside and within seconds it was gone and all was quiet again. There are more stories - but these were told to me years before this book was ever written. This book stirs the soul. I am VERY thankful & fortunate, my parents were able to survive the war at such a tender age...and eventually were able to leave Yugoslavia with my sister and brother;and start a new life in JohnstownPA and have one more child. Also Thankful for those who risked & sacrificed to feed and hide 500 stranded airman - allowing enough time to rescue all 500 of them and bring them back to their families. Tom Hanks or Ron Howard need to read this book and produce a film for our children & future generations to REALLY see and appreciate the TRUE sacrifice of all involved in the rescue of the Forgotten 500! The school History textbooks need to include this event so it is never forgotten!

posted by RitaMay22_1982 on May 2, 2012

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5 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Wrong

This book is full of wrong information. One cannot go west from italy to get to romania. And romania was Not one of germanys westward possesions once again romania is east of germany. Also the first targets bombed by americans in the war in europe were german cities whi...
This book is full of wrong information. One cannot go west from italy to get to romania. And romania was Not one of germanys westward possesions once again romania is east of germany. Also the first targets bombed by americans in the war in europe were german cities which we bombed during the day and the brits bombed at night. I havent even read past page 27 and its full of bad infirmation. DO NOT use this book for a research paper. This book is just terrible. Also a b24 didnt have the range to reach tokyo even if it did launch from iwo jima which we didnt take until 1945 and flying from florida to egypt to get to japan is the stupidist thing ive ever heard. The "author" obviously does not know what hed writing about. I have studied WWII for years and kniw aout everything there is to know about it. This book is probably a made up story based on all the wrong information i have seen so far. Anyone knows that romania is east of italy and if you say that the air ase was facing south it still doesnt matter you still fly east to get

posted by 15165645 on February 6, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Wrong

    This book is full of wrong information. One cannot go west from italy to get to romania. And romania was Not one of germanys westward possesions once again romania is east of germany. Also the first targets bombed by americans in the war in europe were german cities which we bombed during the day and the brits bombed at night. I havent even read past page 27 and its full of bad infirmation. DO NOT use this book for a research paper. This book is just terrible. Also a b24 didnt have the range to reach tokyo even if it did launch from iwo jima which we didnt take until 1945 and flying from florida to egypt to get to japan is the stupidist thing ive ever heard. The "author" obviously does not know what hed writing about. I have studied WWII for years and kniw aout everything there is to know about it. This book is probably a made up story based on all the wrong information i have seen so far. Anyone knows that romania is east of italy and if you say that the air ase was facing south it still doesnt matter you still fly east to get

    5 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    This is Fiction

    Nothing seems correct in this book.

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