Serbia commemorates daring World Battle Two airlift mission with monument

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PRANJANI — A monument formed like a navy transport aircraft was unveiled on a Serbian hillside on Saturday, commemorating the rescue of a whole bunch of allied pilots who had been shot down by German forces throughout World Battle Two.

About 500 airmen, principally People, had been dropped at the village of Pranjani throughout 1944 to be airlifted again to base in Bari, Italy, within the daring mission behind enemy traces – often known as Operation Halyard.


U.S. diplomats and senior Serbian officers raised their international locations’ flags on the website in central Serbia throughout Saturday’s inauguration ceremony.

For greater than 50 years, throughout Communism, the operation was not formally acknowledged or taught in faculties as a result of it obtained native assist from royalist troops led by convicted Nazi collaborator Draza Mihajlovic.

Radoljub Jankovic, a neighborhood resident who was 14 on the time of the airlifts, recounted his recollections of the operation in a speech on the ceremony.


“I nonetheless hear the noise of the engines of the American planes within the air,” he stated, presenting a bottle of home-made conventional plum brandy to the U.S. ambassador to Serbia and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

“I’ll make certain to drink this bottle of conventional Serbian brandy with President (Donald) Trump when he visits Serbia so he feels how American troopers loved it 76 years in the past,” Vucic stated. (Reporting by Ivana Sekularac; Modifying by Helen Popper)