By Stephen Dando-Collins
Beginning with a loopy plan hatched by way of a suspect prince, and a good crazier reliance at the note of the Nazis, Operation Chowhound used to be devised. among might 1 and should eight, 1945, 2,268 army devices flown via the USAAF, dropped nutrients to 3.5 million ravenous Dutch civilians in German-occupied Holland.
It took uncooked braveness to fly on Operation Chowhound, as American aircrews by no means knew while the German AAA may possibly open fireplace on them or if Luftwaffe combatants may leap them. Flying at four hundred ft, slightly above the tree tops, with weapons pointed without delay at them, they'd don't have any likelihood to bail out if their B-17s have been hit―and but, over 8 days, 120,000 German troops saved their notice, and not fired at the American bombers. As they flew, thankful Dutch civilians spelled out "Thanks Boys" within the tulip fields lower than. Many american citizens who flew in Operation Chowhound could declare it was once the easiest factor they did within the warfare.
In this gripping narrative, writer Stephen Dando-Collins takes the reader into the rooms the place Operation Chowhound used to be born, into the airplane flying the project, and onto the floor within the Netherlands with the civilians who so desperately wanted aid. James Bond writer Ian Fleming, Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn, in addition to Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill all play an element during this tale, making a compelling, narrative read.