Operation Chowhound

Operation Chowhound

The Most Risky, Most Glorious US Bomber Mission of WWII

Book - 2015
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The true story of a little-known, yet remarkable World War II operation, which had all the hallmarks of a suicide mission.

Beginning with a crazy plan hatched by a suspect prince, and an even crazier reliance on the word of the Nazis, Operation Chowhound was devised. Between May 1 and May 8, 1945, 2,268 military units flown by the USAAF, dropped food to 3.5 million starving Dutch civilians in German-occupied Holland.

It took raw courage to fly on Operation Chowhound, as American aircrews never knew when the German AAA might open fire on them or if Luftwaffe fighters might jump them. Flying at 400 feet, barely above the tree tops, with guns pointed directly at them, they would have no chance to bail out if their B-17s were hit--and yet, over eight days, 120,000 German troops kept their word, and never fired on the American bombers. As they flew, grateful Dutch civilians spelled out "Thanks Boys" in the tulip fields below. Many Americans who flew in Operation Chowhound would claim it was the best thing they did in the war.

In this gripping narrative, author Stephen Dando-Collins takes the reader into the rooms where Operation Chowhound was born, into the aircraft flying the mission, and onto the ground in the Netherlands with the civilians who so desperately needed help. James Bond creator Ian Fleming, Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn, as well as Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill all play a part in this story, creating a compelling, narrative read.

Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781137279637
Characteristics: xiv, 248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Call Number: 940.54 DAN


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May 09, 2015

In fact, the winter of 1944-45 in Holland was to become known as the Hunger Winter.

May 09, 2015

My country can never again afford the luxury of another Montgomery success.

May 09, 2015

Like Prince Bernhard, the Queen had not been forewarned by the British government about operation Market Garden or its objective,...


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May 11, 2015

Operation Chowhound reveals one of the most neglected operations of World War II. In the last weeks of the war, American and British B-17 and Lancasters dropped tons of food in Nazi-occupied Holland, where the population had been near starvation for months. A touchy ceasefire held between the Allies and Germans. A prelude to the Berlin Airlift.


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