My fathers' book "The Stone Horse & Droshki" by Ken De Villers

Diane DeVillers
Posted August 17, 2016 from United States
My fathers book about the Korean War

The memoirs of Colonel General Yuri D. Danilov, born in the Ukraine, Father an American full blood Oglala Sioux Indian. Mother a Ukrainian with a close relationship to the Nikita Khrushchev family. Yuri Spends his boyhood in Kiev, the Ukraine. At age twenty he fly’s jet fighters as a member of the US Air Force in the Korean War. He is recruited as a secret agent for the Soviet KGB. Leaving Korea he is assigned to Edwards Air Force Base, California. In the late 1960’s he works on a top secret CIA project which develops the new Lockheed U-2 spy plane. The CIA then uses these high flying jet planes to over-fly the Soviet Union and gather data and photographs of secret USSR military installations. In 1960 Yuri enables the Soviet air defense to shoot down a CIA U-2 flown by Francis Gary Powers as it soars over a Soviet military Base. When the CIA begins an investigation looking for a suspected Soviet spy in US military ranks the KGB orders him to return to Moscow. Returning to his homeland he is allowed to serve in the Soviet Air Army. Six months later Yuri is part of a group led by Premier Anastas Miloyan which secretly meets in Mexico with US Attorney General Robert Kennedy and a US delegation. In a long private session the two countries resolve the dangerous October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1965 Yuri helps train North Vietnam MIG pilots and he flies several combat missions against the Americans. In December 1979 he commands all the Soviet Air Regiments during their Intervention into Afghanistan. He serves four years in the war and after being badly wounded he is transferred back to Moscow for medical treatment. During his long military career servicing in two super powers Air Force’s he gets to meet Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsen, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Chuck Yeager and other notable aviation figures. Yuri’s memoirs relate the inside view of the deadly political intrigue during Soviet government secret changes. The USSR is a closed society thus most of these events were never known to the Soviet people or the world. We also follow his awaking to the failure of the Communist system. Lastly this story relates the lasting love and devotion between Yuri and his wife, the beautiful Japanese-Russian, Eiko Haraoka.

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