Project Zebra: Roosevelt and Stalin's Top-Secret Mission to Train 300 Soviet Airmen in America

Project Zebra: Roosevelt and Stalin's Top-Secret Mission to Train 300 Soviet Airmen in America

by M. G. Crisci


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Top-Secret Project Zebra was/is the only time in history that Soviet airmen were trained in America by Americans. Their mission: to fly a state-of-the-art amphibious warplane produced in Philadelphia. Incredibly, 185 of these huge, heavily-armed PBN-Nomad, painted with bright Red Army stars, were then ferried to the sleepy, patriotic town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, without a single media leak.

There, 11 hand-picked Naval officers befriended and trained 300+ Soviet airmen over a period of 18 months before the planes were dispatched to the Atlantic and Pacific theaters where they destroyed numerous Nazi U-Boats and Japanese submarines without losing a single plane.

Project Zebra was more than a military mission. It became a historic human event. The Soviet and American teams shared experiences that created bonds of trust and mutual respect, despite their language barriers and cultural differences — something that might serve us well to model during these uncertain Russian-American moments. Project Zebra was declassified on December 31, 2012, and remains one of WWII’s last never-been-told stories. Until now!

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ISBN-13: 9781456628635
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Manhattan-born M.G. Crisci is the critically-acclaimed author of 10 books based on true stories or real events in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and romance (

He is also an internationally-recognized expert in the field of consumer motivation and behavior, an award-winning journalist, and a thought-provoking social activist committed to improving human understanding through joint cultural activities (

He has been elected to Who's Who in the World 22 times and is a recipient of the Albert Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for his worldwide business, literary and social contributions. (

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