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Project Zebra

PROJECT ZEBRA

Roosevelt and Stalin's Top-Secret Mission to Train 300 Soviet Airmen in America

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Synopsis

Top-Secret Project Zebra was/is the only time in history that Soviet airmen were trained in America by Americans. Their mission: to fly a state-of-the-art amphibious warplane produced in Philadelphia. Incredibly, 185 of these huge, heavily-armed PBN-Nomad, painted with bright Red Army stars, were then ferried to the sleepy, patriotic town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, without a single media leak.

There, 11 hand-picked Naval officers befriended and trained 300+ Soviet airmen over a period of 18 months before the planes were dispatched to the Atlantic and Pacific theaters where they destroyed numerous Nazi U-Boats and Japanese submarines without losing a single plane.

Project Zebra was more than a military mission. It became a historic human event.  The Soviet and American teams shared experiences that created bonds of trust and mutual respect, despite their language barriers and cultural differences — something that might serve us well to model during these uncertain Russian-American moments. Project Zebra was declassified on December 31, 2012, and remains one of WWII’s last never-been-told stories. Until now!


Testimonials

“M.G.Crisci has successfully highlighted a little-known by vital episode in World Warn II history--how the spirit of cooperation allowed Soviet soldiers to train under American guidance in North Carolina. Read full endorsementZebra-Endorsement-ARCCF” - Alexander Potemkin, Executive Director, American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation

“His historic research, like peeling an onion enlightens us, chapter after chapter about the bonds that airmen forge that takes them forward in their missions of glory. Once again, Crisci triumphs in revealing the real aces of World War II. ” - Dr. Gerald J. Janco, Founder, President, The Eurasia Center

“I am encouraged by this show of brotherhood and willingness of our countries to work together at that time to defeat a very real evil. The story certainly highlights the importance and power of international partnerships and alliances between and among countries during war time. A lesson we don't need to forget today. ” - Dr. Joseph Peel, Mayor, Elizabeth City, NC

“It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read, representing an incredible wealth of research and work that has clearly gone into the writing process.  ere’s a sense of wonder and optimism that practically infuses the book.” - Glenn Dallas, San Francisco Book Review

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