STEPHEN, I BELIEVE IF YOU READ THAT INTERNET ARTICLE ON DONOVAN, YOU WILL FIND THAT HIS WORK FOR ROOSEVELDT & CO AROUND ITALY, YUGOSLAVIA ETC (TRAVELLING AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN TO REMAIN INCONSPICUOUS) WAS ALL DONE BEFORE PEARL HARBOUR - IN 1940-41; BEFORE US ENTRY INTO THE WAR. AFTER PEARL, HE WAS HAULED BACK TO THE STATES AND GIVEN THE JOB OF SETTING UP THE OSS. MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE A BOY THIS GENERAL DONOVAN ! WHAT THIS INFO DOES, AS FAR AS OUR INTEREST GOES, IS SHOW THAT THERE IS A HIGH LIKELIHOOD THAT YUGOSLAVIA DID ORDER P-40's, AND THAT IN ALL PROBABILITY AN INITIAL SHIPMENT OF C MODELS WAS HEADED THEIR WAY - UNTIL HI-JACKED FOR RUSSIA. NOT EXACTLY EARTH-SHATTERING STUFF, BUT IT DOES BROADEN OUR VIEW OF THE COMINGS AND GOINGS IN THE EARLT WAR YEARS.
MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM DONOVAN was the director of the OSS (Office of the Strategic Services), which was the precursor of the CIA. He most probably had agents operatin in Yogoslavia, or he may have... more
GENERAL DONOVAN GRAEME McDERMOTT,Thu Apr 12 14:08
William "Wild Bill" Donovan is one of my personal heros and a well-known figure of the early-mid 20th Century. A Columbia U. quarterback, COL Donovan commanded the 165th Infantry (NY's "Fighting... more