The Veterans
Milivoj Borosa, born in Zagreb, Sept. 11, 1920. Trained as a pilot at the Yugoslav Navy School, but after the German invasion he was conscripted into the German air force, and trained as a navigator in Greifsvald. He was sent to the Eastern Front in December 1941. In June 1942 he and two ethnic Russian conscripts stole a bomber and flew to Tarasovo, 300km inside the Russian front lines. They landed despite being fired at by the Soviets and attacked by a German fighter. They were taken prisoner and sent to the infamous Lubianka Prison in Moscow. In December 1943 he was assigned to one of the newly formed Yugoslavian units and flew the Tupolev SB bomber until the end of the war. He was repatriated in April 1946.
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