On this day, 75 years ago, last evacuation of Halyard mission took place from airstrip near Boljanić village in northern Bosnia. With members of mission, 20 US Airmen were evacuated. Mission was great success, it managed to evacuate more than 420 US and Allied personnel, without losses. Nick Lalich, Arthur Jibbylian, US Airmen and Chetniks in Boljanić, before planes arrived. Halyard mission arrives in Bari, greeted by ACRU commander George Kraigher (first on the left).
... Halyard mission was situated in Boljanić, Bosnia. After journey to south and failed attempt to make airstrip in Nišići near Sarajevo, mission came back to Boljanić where previous landing took place on November 1st. However, due to bad weather which lasted for weeks, it was not easy to arrange for evacuation. In preliminary message with mission chief Nick Lalich, his superior, ACRU commander George Kraigher, considered if it would be possible to cross partisan line and hea
On this date in 2016, President Obama signed the OSS Congressional Gold Medal Act into law. On the medal's reverse side, among other names of OSS missions, "Halyard" is prominently visible (middle right).
On this date in 2016, President Obama signed the OSS Congressional Gold Medal Act into law. On reverse side, among other names of OSS missions, Halyard is prominently visible in the middle right.
After years of searching through archival resources, we proudly present a complete list of rescued airmen during Halyard Mission. Our research was based on individual reports of Missing and Rescued airmen. It is supplemented by a Halyard Mission report by Nick Lalich, which is very similar.
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