Bail Out over the Balkans is a compelling true story that relives the traumatic experience of a Boeing Flying Fortress B-17 crew shot down over German Nazi Occupied Yugoslavia and their dramatic escape after hiking and hiding for 45 days in the rugged mountain terrain.
On March 18, 1944, as World War II reached a crescendo, pilot Richard Munsen and his B17 crew were attacked by eight German Focke-Wulf 190 fighters and forced to bail out of their burning Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft.
After parachuting, the U.S. Army airmen looked for soldiers with red stars on their cap, symbolic of Tito's Partisans who were friendly to the Allies. The Partisans risked their lives to protect allied airmen and helped lead them to safety.
Nearly seventy years after the event, Bail Out over the Balkans relives the dramatic World War 2 experiences of these young men flying B17 heavy bomber missions out of Italy with the 414th squadron of the 97th Bomb Group in the 15th Air Force.
Relive each day with this B17 crew
after their Flying Fortress was shot down behind enemy lines.
|155 pages of text
|22 pages of pictures
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