Oleg Okševski was born a son of a Russian Tsarist cavalry officer in 1915, in Yevpatoriya, Russia. Because of the Russian Revolution he was raised in Serbia and went to school at a Russian Cadet Academy. He later became a bomber pilot in the Royal Yugoslavian Air Force. When war broke out and Germany invaded Yugoslavia, Nazis told Serbians to walk to concentration camps, while the Croatians sympathized and gave in to Hitler. Oleg refused to walk to any sort of camp. He hid out hoping to meet a sub with other Serbian pilots leaving for North Africa to join American and British pilots to fight the Nazis. He literally missed the boat and now became stuck, surrounded by Germans. Oleg and his brother decided to pretend they were with the Croatians in order to get their hands on a plane and join the allies in Africa to fight the Nazis. After much training in Germany and the brothers miraculously still together, they ended up in the same plane with orders to fly not West but East! They were stunned not knowing what to do next. They were hoping on a mission anywhere but East. Still naïve in their mid twenties, and not understanding yet the full extent of Communism back then, they thought they would make the best of it and fly to Russia. After all, the Soviets were allies - Right? The bombing mission they were on flies in formation with other bombers to the Eastern Front. With great skill and risk, pilot Oleg banks his plane away from the rest of the formation and dramatically changes course heading into Soviet territory in a German plane. He flew for some time while being shot at by both Germans and Soviets and finally landed in a potato field on the outskirts of a Russian village. Villagers were shocked that a German bomber now sat in their village. Oleg explained everything to them until the KGB showed up. The KGB took them to the infamous Lubyanka prison in Moscow where they were interrogated. Oleg and Lev forgot how much danger they were still in because they were ch
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About the Author
About the Author: Although Oleg Okshewsky was never trained as a politician, historian, or writer, his lifetime of experience makes him an expert witness to the horrors seen in not only his past, but also in today's world. His predictions about Russia continue to hold true even today. In the United States he taught himself English and worked his way up in the textile industry in New York City. He was very active as a member of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and the Association of Russian Cadets Graduated Outside Russia. He also devoted much of his time as a Sunday school elder. He retired in early 1970 and bought a small restaurant, then retired for good in 1980. Flying with the Enemy was translated and written by Oleg's son George, who served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years.
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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Flying With The Enemy: Memoir of a Young Cadet by Oleg V. Okševski and George O. Okshewsky is an epic of a memoir, the most significant part beginning with Hitler’s attack on Yugoslavia and how the difference between Serbs and Croats played out. In 1942, Oleg, an air force pilot, and his brother decide to fly out and take asylum in an allied nation, the Soviet Union. Unspeakable days await them, shunted from camp to camp, interrogated by different authorities, and housed in prisons of varying degrees of degradation. All their hopes of a release come to naught, only in 1946 does Oleg get released from the status of POW to the Yugoslav Air Force. He later immigrates to the USA and is eventually reunited with Lev. Flying With The Enemy: Memoir of a Young Cadet by Oleg V. Okševski and George O. Okshewsky is to be read to be believed. The treatment they received is succinctly put by Oleg, when they were offered citizenship by the Soviet Union. “You held us, Allied pilots, for no reason. Held us captive without any reason, without any charges brought against us; isolated us for five years behind three rows of barbed wire, behind a tall fence, with machine guns and spotlights aimed at us, etc. More importantly you held us captive with German POWs and you offer us Soviet citizenship under all these circumstances?" This memoir should remind all those in countries like the US. I agree with the author, what good luck they are enjoying, every day and every hour of their life. An excellent read.
This book showed the struggle of a proud and brave man who showed love for his country and family! At times I could feel as if I was experiencing the words written, it was a moving memoir.
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