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Hatzerim storage area and Mystere IVA & T-6 in Israeli Air Force service (Bob Prescott)

Following on from the successful Oxford Aviation Group trip to Israel in 2019, Bob Prescott was inspired to carry out some lengthy research with regards to the Hatzerim storage areas. In the process, he came across some other interesting information with regards to Israeli Air Force history and with his permission, would like to share this with you. Great work Bob!

Bob’s original format was PDF and so to make this both presentable for the current reader and internet searchable for any future readers, I include both pictorial and text versions of Bob’s work.

This years trip had to be cancelled because of COVID-19 but we will try again for next year. Get in touch if interested……article last amended 9th September 2020.

Contents:

1) Hatzerim storage areas:

2) Annex 1 – T-6 summary info:

3) Annex 2 – Mystere IVA summary

4) Annex 3 – Attributed Israeli Mystere Air Combat Victories

5) Annex 4 – Other useful information

1) Hatzerim storage areas:

Resource for aircraft photos, mainly https://www.flickr.com/photos/37219510@N02/sets/72157632084400393/

Thanks and due credit to Mark De Greeuw for allowing their use.

As you walk to the storage area from the museum, on the left are three stored Super Frelon:

009, SA321K Super Frelon, c/n 114 – Notes: 09, 009
018, SA321K Super Frelon, c/n 136
21, SA321K Super Frelon, c/n 146

Moving round you enter the store area:

106, Beech 65 B80 Queen Air, c/n LD485 – Notes: N7327R, 106
4010, Mi-24D, c/n M34010 – Notes: Czech Air Force
11, Mystere IVA, c/n 218

Further in, there are the main store/scrap areas:

Storage area 1:

69, Ouragan, c/n 204
007, Mystere IVA, c/n 212
10, Mystere IVA, c/n 216
1119, AT-16, c/n 14-660 – Notes: 8 on fin
007, SE.3130 Alouette 2, c/n 1055 – Notes:NB 017 in photo gone by 05/19
1192, T-6, c/n 78-7196 – Notes: 41-16818, Bu01967, modified to 3 seat navigation trainer

link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%D7%94%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%93-92
unknown, T-6, c/n unknown – Notes: ladder and plank on port side
031, Cessna U206D, c/n U206-1313 – Notes: N1698C, 031
32, Stearman PT-13D Kadet, c/n 75-3015 – Notes: ex 4X-AII
unknown, T-6, c/n unknown
unknown, T-6, c/n unknown
1130, AT-16, c/n unknown – Notes: 7 on fin
unknown, T-6, c/n unknown – Notes: might this be 1148 ex Tel Nof?
019, Do27A-1, c/n 258
025, Do27Q-1, c/n 27-1901-2015 – Notes: D-ELON
033, Do27A-4, c/n 474
1172, T-6, c/n 78-7247 – Notes: Marked as102, ex 1172
37, Meteor FR9, c/n unknown – Notes: WL259, G-7- 125, 212, 37
01, SA318C Alouette 2, unknown c/n
73, P-51, c/n unkown – Notes: rear fuselage, remainder probably used in build of “53”. See Appendix A – note 1

In between the two main store areas are three frames:

29, Mystere IVA, c/n 171
15, Mystere IVA, c/n 225 – Notes: painted as 92
214, CM.170 Magister, c/n unknown – Notes: not converted to Tzukit

Storage area 2:
002, SA321K Super Frelon, c/n 104
unknown, AT-16, c/n unknown
015, Do27A-1, c/n 214
unknown, AT-16, c/n unknown – Notes: yellow colours
001, BN-2A, c/n 107 – Notes: 4X-FMA
1154, T-6 Texan, c/n 77-4576 – Notes: ex 41-537
036, Do27Q-4, c/n 2044
41, Mystere IVA, c/n 152
94, Ouragan, c/n 328
30, Mystere IVA, c/n 223
015, SA321K Super Frelon, c/n 130
1129, AT-16, c/n unknown
82, Mystere IVA, c/n 239 – Notes: ex Tel Nof

Area 2 to Revetments:

108, Ouragan, c/n 233
4X-FAC/043, Noratlas 2501D, c/n D134
4X-FAG/055, Noratlas 2501D, c/n D165
4X-JYG/010, Boeing 720 023B, c/n 18013 – Notes: Lavi radar test bed
4X-JYW/116, Boeing 707 328, c/n 17617 – Notes: Painted as 103
4X-FMJ/042, C-47B, c/n 33031/16283
01, P-51K, ex (23)31 – Notes: Rear fuselage Ex (23)31 ref Andy Marden. Not ex Haifa “01”
003, Alouette 2, c/n unknown

Revetments:

Revetment 1:

108, F-4E, c/n 3494 – Notes: 68-0398
111, F-4E, c/n 3840 – Notes: 69-0299
122, F-4E, c/n 3529 – Notes: 68-0417, repainted as 622 and moved to Ramon 2020
124, F-4E, c/n 3887 – Notes: 69-7224
127, F-4E, c/n 3890 – Notes: 69-7226
134, F-4E, c/n 3682 – Notes: 68-0499
141, F-4E, c/n 3910 – Notes: 69-7239, A.Marden agrees but Scramble: 3834 69-0294
148, F-4E, c/n 4021 – Notes: 69-7569
159, F-4E, c/n 3998 – Notes: 69-7553
170, F-4E, c/n 4213 – Notes: 71-0227, Scramble: no c/n
189, F-4E, c/n 4223 – Notes: 71-0235
208, F-4E, c/n 4263 – Notes: 71-1090
225, F-4E, c/n 4280 – Notes: 71-1402
317, F-4E, c/n 4272 – Notes: 71-1394
327, F-4E, 3187 or 3203, c/n 67-0340 or 67-0346 – Notes: These two are 327 and 329, not sure which is which.
333, F-4E, c/n 3250, – Notes: 67-0368

Revetment 2:
171, F-4E, c/n 3721 – Notes: 68-0524
295, F-4E, c/n4817 – Notes: 74-1014
419, Kfir C1R- Notes: ex 819
514, Kfir C7, c/n 171 – Notes: Scramble: no c/n
826, Kfir C2, c/n 114 – Notes: Scramble: no c/n
853, Kfir C2, c/n 45 – Notes: Scramble: no c/n
886, Kfir C2, c/n 101 – Notes: Scramble: no c/n
895, Kfir C2, c/n unknown
999725/11, Kfir C1P, c/n unknown – Notes: USMC, ex 725

Revetment 3:

222, A-4H, c/n 13948 – Notes: 155254
230, A-4H, c/n 13965 – Notes: 155271
321, F-4E, c/n 2711 – Notes: 66-0352, A.Marden agrees but Scramble incorrectly say c/n 3686, 68-0502
326, F-4E, c/n 3281 – Notes: 67-0383
359, A-4N, c/n 14394 – Notes: 159088, Scramble: no c/n
379, A-4N, 14515 – Notes: 159816
393, A-4N, 14520 – Notes: 159821, Scramble: no c/n
407, A-4N, c/n 14523 – Notes: 159824, Scramble: no c/n
891, A-4E, c/n 13017 – Notes: 149964

Revetment 4:

187, F-4E, c/n 3751 – Notes: 68-0544
210, F-4E, c/n 4267 – Notes: 71-1093
223, F-4E, c/n 4885 – Notes: 74-1027
261, F-4E, c/n 4354 – Notes: 71-1791
266, F-4E, c/n 4361 – Notes: 71-1792
322, F-4E, c/n 3374 – Notes: 68-0333, Scramble: no c/n ?
328, F-4E, c/n 3238 – Notes: 67-0362, confirmed by sky-high.co.il, Scramble: no c/n
488, RF-4E, c/n 4061 – Notes: 69-7592, confirmed by sky-high.co.il, Scramble: no c/n
603, Tzukit, c/n D128/03
607, Tzukit, c/n D064/007 – Notes: serial 032 from plate
623, Tzukit, c/n D167/023
629, Tzukit, c/n D023/(105)/029 – Notes: serial 044 from plate
639, Tzukit, c/n D214/39
673, Tzukit, c/n D040/142/073

Revetment 5:

307/340, A-4N, c/n 14498 – Notes: 307 nose, 340 rear, ex 159799
311, A-4N, c/n 14355 – Notes: ex 158736, c/n ref Scramble
314, A-4N, c/n 14353 – Notes: ex 158734
337, A-4N, c/n 14389 – Notes: ex 159083, Scramble: no c/n, AFM 2020 July confirm ID
364, A-4N, 14388 – Notes: ex 159082, Scramble: no c/n, AFM 2020 July confirm ID
365, A-4N, 14437 – Notes: ex 159517, Scramble: no c/n, AFM 2020 July confirm ID
367, A-4N, c/n 14512 – Notes: ex 159813, Scramble: no c/n, AFM 2020 July confirm ID
368, A-4N, c/n 14391 – Notes: ex 159085, Scramble: no c/n, AFM 2020 July confirm ID
371, A-4N, c/n 14400 – Notes: ex 159094, Scramble: no c/n, AFM 2020 July confirm ID
377, A-4N, c/n 14395 – Notes: ex 159089
385, A-4N, c/n 14373 – Notes: ex 159045
542, TA-4H, c/n 14081 – Notes: ex 157432
547, TA-4H, c/n 14107 – Notes: ex 157927
710, TA-4J, c/n 14407 – Notes: ex 159101
019, A-4, c/n n/a – Notes: Rear only
316, A-4N, c/n n/a – Notes: Rear only
397, A-4N, c/n n/a – Notes: rear only, ex 159515
unknown, A-4, c/n n/a – Notes: rear only


2) Annex 1 – T-6 summary info:

Highest serial was 1184, but in the late ’50s, 8 a/c were converted to three-seaters for navigation training and re-serialed 1190-1197

Noted at Hatzerim were fourteen T-6 types in May 2019.
2 – Museum (1114, 1125)
8 – Store Area 1 (1119, 1130, 1172, 1192, ….)
4 – Store Area 2 (1129, 1154, , )

IDF serial 1114, painted as 14, c/n 84-7666, previous identity 41-17288, NC55552, notes – in museum, noted May 19

Link –https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%93-1114

IDF serial 1119 painted as 8, c/n 14-660, previous identity 42-12413, FE926, notes – Area 1, ex Holz (red ¨8¨ on the tail when at Holz, and ¨1¨ on RH fuselage as marked by Avinoam when ordered to investigate their identities in 1995), noted May 19

IDF serial 1124, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – Mar 96 – Apr 15, noted Apr 15

IDF serial 1125, painted as 25, c/n 88-17025, previous identity 42-85244, 4X-ARC, notes – in museum, blue colours, noted May 19

IDF serial 1129, painted as 29, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes -Area 2, Faded 29 on port side of cockpit, starboard side fuselage cockpit skin removed. No fin. Apparently reported with red ¨8¨ on the tail from Holz, but ¨4¨ on RH fuselage from Avinoam. Might this have been “6” on the fin given there is
another “8” (1119)?, noted May 19

IDF serial 1130, painted as 7, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – i.d. unknown, but many years ago the original ¨30¨ on the fuselage was still readable, later it was interpreted as ¨80¨ (red ¨7¨ on tail, ¨6¨ on RH fuselage). The remains of the original serial 30 (in white) were partly oversprayed by hand in red
with ¨30¨ in which the left part of the ¨3¨ is so closed that it looks more like an ¨8¨. The misidentification as #1180 seems to be wide spread, but is incorrect, #1180 was in fact an AT6, easily distinguished from an AT16 (aft canopy, cargo hatch form, etc.). 1180 came from Eurodemobbed Phil Boyden photo, noted Apr 15

IDF serial 1139, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – none, noted Apr 15

IDF serial 1144, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – none, noted Apr 15

IDF serial 1148, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – Hatzerim derelict 6/90 -11/17, ex Tel Nof, noted Apr 15

IDF serial 1154, painted as 54, c/n 77-4576, previous identity 41-537, NC54690, notes – Area 2, noted May 19

IDF serial 1172, painted as 102, c/n 78-7247, previous identity 41-16869, notes – Area 1, noted May 19

IDF serial 1192, c/n 78-7196, previous identity 41-16818, Bu01967, notes – Area 1, Blue scheme, 3 seat navigation trainer, noted May 19

Link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%93-92

There were two more unidentified T-6 in Hatzerim store area in May-19, one likely candidate is below.

IDF serial unknown, painted as 5-3, c/n 78-6821, previous identity 41-16443, NC66072, notes – Hatzerim 05-15, Hatzerim “5” May 94 – May 08, ex Holz

Other IDF T-6

IDF serial unknown, painted as 001, c/n unknown, previous identity 51-15033, 115033 (F),
G-BDZZ, notes – Flyable, Hatzerim ,not at museum May 19

IDF serial 1134, painted as 34, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – Afikim park 1970’s

Link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/34

IDF serial unknown, painted as 1-3, c/n 78-6920, previous identity 41-16542, NC79157, notes – Hevel Modiin – current 202, ex Hatzerim, Holz

IDF serial 1181, c/n 88-17716, previous identity 42-85935, 4X-ARB, notes – Hevel Modiin – current 2020, ex Hatzerim, Holz

IDF serial unknown, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – Hevel Modiin – current 2020, ex Hatzerim

IDF serial 1108, painted as 08, c/n 77-4613, previous identity 41-564, NC61793, sometimes referred to
ex 41-534 but c/n does not match, notes – Nevatim – gate 2011 – current 2020, Hatzerim Store 89-08

IDF serial 1178, painted as 78, c/n 84-7766, previous identity 41-17388, notes – Rishon Le Zion – current
2020, Habonim 13-14, Hatzerim Store 96-05, Yad Morechai 78

Link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%D7%94%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%93-78

IDF serial 1165, painted as 65, c/n 78-7245, previous identity 41-16867, NC61970, notes – Tel-Aviv Ha’aretz
Sciences & Technology Museum, dumped outside 75-99, Scramble say ex 41-338 c/n 77-4297

Link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%93-65.html

IDF serial unknown, c/n unknown, previous identity 40-2126, NC59679

IDF serial unknown, c/n unknown, previous identity 40-2155, NC54833

IDF serial unknown, c/n unknown, previous identity 41-16734, NC79575

IDF serial unknown, c/n unknown, previous identity 41-16844, NC9291H

IDF serial unknown, c/n unknown, previous identity Bu09818, NC9355H

IDF serial 1103, painted as 03, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – Nevatim – gate 2011 – current 2020, Hatzerim Store 89, 08, 1103 03 Link suggests 65, ex suggests 65, ex X68?

Link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%93-03

IDF serial 1105, painted as 05, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown

IDF serial 1110, painted as 10, c/n 78-6169, previous identity 41-15861, Bu06932, NC58417, notes – Haifa displayed 96-16

Link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%93-10

IDF serial 1111?, painted as 10?, c/n 78-6389, previous identity 41-16061, notes – Haifa Tech School 87-99,
changed code from 11 to 10 displayed as 10??, Link says kill in crash ground collision, Joe Baugher says to 1110

IDF serial 1113, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown

IDF serial 1173, c/n 14-186, previous identity 42-649, FE452 (C), 4X-ARA

link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%93-4x-ara

IDF serial 1176, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – Ein Gev

link –https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%d7%94%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%93-76

IDF serial 1179, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – with IAI LLBG

IDF serial 1194, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – with IAI LLBG

IDF serial 1195, c/n unknown, previous identity unknown, notes – with IAI LLBG


Annex 2 – Mystere IVA summary
Thanks and due credit to everyone putting information into the public domain, in particular to the sky-high.co.il website and their authors who have been particularly helpful in pulling this list together but also to scramble.nl, Eurodemobbed and franknort.nl, millionmonkeytheater.com/Mystere.html, Andy Marden amongst many others using Flickr and all forms of social media.”

The Israeli Air Force received 61 Mystere IVA.
Qty 24 delivered April – June 1956
Qty 36 in 1956
Qty 1 recce version delivered Sept 1956.

Taking out write offs and three returns to France (in exchange for Ouragan), there are 23 c/ns remaining of the 61 delivered. Possibly 24 if “35” survives after its wheels up landing. This is believed to be the aircraft at Nevatim gate marked as “92”.
There are 22 at known locations in Israel, plus 1 in Chile, relating to 23 or 24 survivors.

3 – Haifa (2 of these three recently scrapped) [06, 52, 76]
10 – Hatzerim [07, 09, 10, 11, 15, 29, 30, 41, 60, 82]
1 – Hatzor [43]
1 – Hulata [80]
1 – Nevatim (92 on gate photo, false serial) [35?]
1 – Rishon Le Zion [32]
1 – Ramon[71]
3 – Ramat David (11 false gate, 04 false, 50) [?, ?, 50]
1 – Rehovolt [34]

1 – Chile [25?]
There are four or five unknowns which are the candidates for the aircraft at Nevatim, two of the three at Ramat David (Gate and 04) and the one in Chile. [25,85,91,93 and possibly 35]

IDF serial 05 – construction number 179 – previous identity FAF 179, IDF 4505, 4X-FVW – status w/o 15Jun67 – comment 109 Sqn, crashed after an inflight fire and pilot was sadly killed.

IDF serial 06 – construction number 211 – previous identity FAF 211, IDF 4506, 4X-FVX, 06 – status broken up Haifa – comment Delivered September 1956. Valley Squadron Ramat David. 8th Feb 1968 Flying Wing Squadron. April 1970 landing accident, not repaired? Transferred to Haifa tech school Haifa AB, probably one 18 painted as 37 in camo. Not seen 04/2018.

IDF serial 07 – construction number 212 – previous identity FAF 212, IDF 4507, 4X-FVY, 07, 007 – status Hatzerim – comment Delivered August 1956, 4X-FVY, Valley Squadron Flying Wing Squadron, Feb-68 Holz 07, Hatzerim 007

IDF serial 08 – construction number 213 – previous identity FAF 213, IDF 4508, 4X-FVZ, 8, 08 – status w/o 28Feb58 – comment 109 Sqn, Crashed on a practice range and pilot was sadly killed. In a mid air collision with 15?

IDF serial 09 – construction number 214 – previous identity FAF 214, IDF 4509, 4X-FWA, 09, 109 – status Hatzerim – comment Delivered August 1956, 4X-FWA Dec-56 Valley Squadron 09, Feb-68 Flying Wing Squadron – Tel Nof, WFU 18-Mar-71, Hatzerim 09

IDF serial 10 – construction number 216 – previous identity FAF 216, IDF 4510, 4X-FWB, 10, 110, 10 – status Hatzerim – comment Delivered September 1956, 4X-FWB Valley Squadron 10, 1968 Flying Wing Squadron 110 – Tel Nof, WFU 18-Mar-71, 05-Jun-67, Capt. Ami Goldstein shot down Syrian MiG-17, Hatzerim 10

IDF serial 11 – construction number 218 – previous identity IDF 4511, 4X-FWC, 11, 111 – status Hatzerim – comment Delivered 4X-FWC Valley Squadron 11, Feb-68 Flying Wing Squadron 11 – Tel Nof, WFU Mar-71, Johanna Jabotinsky School 2001, Hatzerim 11

IDF serial 12 – construction number 219 – previous identity FAF 219, IDF 4512, 4X-FWD, 12 – status w/o 22Feb59 – Delivered September 1956 4X-FWD Valley Squadron 12, w/o 22Feb59 entered a spin during combat over the sea near Acre. Deputy Yehunda Cohen was wounded during ejection.

IDF serial 13 – construction number 222 – previous identity FAF 222, IDF 4513, 4X-FWE, 3, 13 – status w/o 01jan60 – 109sq, Crashed due to oxygen problems near Mount Tabor. Or crashed during an IFR descent? Pilot was sadly killed.

IDF serial 14 – construction number 224 – previous identity FAF 224, IDF 4514, 4X-FWF, 4, 14 – status w/o 07jun67 – 109sq, Shot down over the Golan Heights, Syria. Or on 6/6/1967?

IDF serial 15 – construction number 225 – previous identity FAF 225, IDF 4515, 4X-FWG, 5, 15, 715 – status Hatzerim – comment EC-2 Dijo, Delivered 4X-FWG Valley Squadron, 05-Jun-67 first wave attacking Egyptian base, 1968 Flying Wing Squadron – Tel Nof, Attacked Jordanian targets in war of attrition, 18-Mar-71 wfu, Tel Hoshmer painted as 92, 2005 Hatzerim

IDF serial 16 – construction number 226 – previous identity FAF 226, IDF 4516, 4X-FWH, 16, 716 – status w/o 06nov61 – comment 109sq, Crashed while landing at Ramat David AB. Pilot was sadly killed.

IDF serial 25 – construction number 215 – previous identity FAF 215, IDF 4525, 4X-FQA, 25, 325 – status Chile – comment 1953 EC-3/2, Delivered August 1956 4X-FQA Valley Squadron – Ramat David, Six Day War use, 2nd February 1968 Flying Wing Squadron Tel Nof, Attacked Jordanian targets in war of attrition, Mar-71 wfu, Possibly the Chile museum machine.

IDF serial 26 – construction number 221 – previous identity FAF 221, IDF 4526, 4X-FQB, 26, 126 – status w/o 28May69 – comment 116 Sqn, Crashed due to engine failure after takeoff from Rehovot AB. Pilot was sadly killed. Or on 28May59?

IDF serial 27 – construction number 169 – previous identity IDF 6645, 4557, 4527, 57, 27 – status w/o 21Jan57 – comment 101 Sqn, Crash landed after being caught in explosion of own bombs. Or just due to engine failure?

IDF serial 28 – construction number 170 – previous identity IDF 6646, 4558, 4528, 58, 28 – status w/o 26Jul60 – comment 101 Sqn, Crashed after being caught in explosion of own, improperly armed, bombs. Or in a midair collision?

IDF serial 29 – construction number 171 – previous identity IDF 6641, 4559, 5429, 59, 29, 129 – status Hatzerim – comment Delivered as 6641 May-56 First fighter squadron, Hatzor Serial 59, Serial 29,  July 1956 landing accident, nose wheel did not extend, 1961 Flying Wing Squadron – Tel Nof, Six Day war and War of Attrition participant attacked Egyptian HQ, Fayyad 5th June 1967, Haifa Tech School, Kibbutz Dafna, to be scrapped January 2011 but moved to Hatzerim instead. Rear preserved in “The Pilots and Navigators Square,” Route 531, Hod Hasharon Municipality, 2011 Hatzerim wings and front fuselage

IDF serial 30 – construction number 223 – previous identity FAF 223, IDF 4530, 6648, 01, 30, 301, 630 – status Hatzerim – comment Delivered August 1956 First Fighter Squadron 630, 1961 Valley Squadron, Six day war, Flying Wing Squadron 30, wfu 18-Mar-1971, Johanna Jabotski College, Hatzerim 30

IDF serial 31 – construction number 228 – previous identity FAF 228, IDF 4531, 4X-FQG, 31 – status w/o 24nov61 – comment 109sq, Crashed near Kibbutz Barkai after losing control in a spin.

IDF serial – 32 – construction number 229 – previous identity FAF 229, IDF 4532, 4X-FQH, 32, 132 – status Rishon – comment Le Zion Delivered August 1956 4X-FQH Valley Sqadron – Ramat David, Six day war, Operation Hotline, 5th June 1967, Lieutenant Uri Kidder flew as No. 2 attacking Egyptian HQ base, 1968 Flying Wing Squadron – Tel Nof, wfu 18-Mar-1971, Sde Ya’Akov – Neve Amiel School, Rishon Le Zion by 08/19

IDF serial – 33 – construction number 164 – previous identity IDF 6641, 4553, 4533, 53 – status w/o 07Mar67 – comment 116 Sqn, Crashed on takeoff. Pilot was sadly killed. 2 kills – 31Oct56: Shot down two Egyptian AF DeHavilland Vampires on a single mission.

IDF serial – 34 – construction number 166 – previous identity IDF 6642, 4534, 54, 34 – status Rehovolt – comment Delivered May 1956 First Fighter Squadron Hatzor serial 54, renumbered 34 in July 1956 Flying Wing Squadron, wfu March 1971, Rehovolt 008 in memory of Haim Holtzman of the Flying Wing Squadron who perished in 08.

IDF serial – 35 – construction number 167 – previous identity IDF 6643, 4555, 4535, 55, 35, 435, 135 – status Nevatim Gate?? – comment Delivered June 1956 AS 6643, Serial 55, renumbered 35 in July 1956, Crashed 26Feb71 116 Sqn, Damaged during attack and nose wheel failed to lower.

IDF serial – 36 – construction number 168 – previous identity IDF 6644, 4556, 4536, 56, 36, 360 – status w/o 28May56 – comment 101 Sqn, Crashed into the sea after losing control. Pilot was sadly killed. Possibly 03Mar58.

IDF serial – 41 – construction number 152 – previous identity IDF 6641, 4541, 41 – status Hatzerim – comment Delivered as 6641 First Fighter Squadron, Hatzor 41, October 1961 Flying Wing Squadron – Tel Nof, 141 Six day War/War of Attrition, wfu 1971, transferred to Technical school, where?, Hatzerim.

IDF serial – 42 – construction number 154 – previous identity IDF 6642, 4542, 42, 4X-FQB – status w/o 11Feb57 – comment 101 Sqn, undershot emergency landing.

IDF serial – 43 – construction number 155 – previous identity IDF 6643, 4543, 43, 143, 431, 4X-FQC – status Hulata – comment Delivered April 1956 as 6643/4X-FQC First Fighter Squadron, Hatzor 43, 1961 Flying Wing Squadron – Tel Nof, 5th June 1967 Lieutenant Libby Dollar was flown in the first wave of the operation to attack the Egyptian HA base, wfu 18-Mar-1971, Kibbutz Hulata.

IDF serial – 44 – construction number 156 – previous identity IDF 6644, 4544, 4X-FQD – status w/o 04Jun70 – comment 101 Sqn, Shot down by ground fire over Egypt, 2 kills (6/5/1967: Shot down an Egyptian MiG-17 over Egypt)

IDF serial – 45 – construction number 157 – previous identity IDF 6645, 4545, 45, 145, 4X-FQE – status w/o 05Jun67 – comment 116 Sqn, Crashed near Fayid (in Egypt?) after being hit by debris from bombed parked MiG-21s.

IDF serial – 46 – construction number 158 – previous identity IDF 6466, 4546, 46 – status w/o 05Jun67 – comment 116 Sqn, Shot down by ground fire over the Golan Heights. Pilot was sadly killed.

IDF serial – 47 – construction number 159 – previous identity IDF 6647, 4547, 47 – status w/o 05Nov63 – comment 109 Sqn, Crashed after a gun exploded while on a pass over a gunnery range.

IDF serial – 48 – construction number 160 – previous identity IDF 6648, 4548, 48 – status w/o 22Jun62 – comment 116 Sqn, Crashed on take-off due to engine failure.

IDF serial – 49 – construction number 161 – previous identity IDF 6649, 4549, 49 – status w/o 14Aug59 – comment 101 Sqn, Crashed after hitting a parked car on a low-level flight near Beer Sheba. Pilot was sadly killed.

IDF serial – 50 – construction number 162 – previous identity IDF 6650, 4550, 50 – status Ramat David – comment Delivered April 1956 as 6650 First Fighter Squadron, Hatzor 50 Valley Squadron, Ramat David, 2nd Feb 1964, wheels up landing, repaired, wfu 18th March 1971, Ramat David preserved at entrance to Valley Sqn on pole.

IDF serial – 51 – construction number 163 – previous identity IDF 6651, 4551, 51 – status w/o 26Oct61 – comment 116 Sqn, Crashed after left wing fell off in flight. Pilot was sadly killed.

IDF serial – 52 – construction number 165 – previous identity IDF 6652, 4552, 52, 4X-FQL – status b/u Haifa – comment Delivered April 1956 First Fighter Squadron, Hatzor 52 Flying Wing Squadron 52, 116 Sqn 6/5/1967: Captain Mario Shaked Credited with shooting down a Jordanian AF Hunter, wfu 1971, Haifa training school, Haifa – Outer gate, silver, serial and c/n unconfirmed. Painted as 67 on Starboard side, Haifa – Not seen 04/2018.

IDF serial – 60 – construction number 172 – previous identity IDF 6643, 4560, 60, 060 – status Hatzerim – comment Delivered May 1956 as 6642 First Fighter Squadron, Hatzor, 1961 Flying Wing Squadron Tel Nof, 5th June 1967 Captain Avihu Ben-Nun, led a four ship attacking the Egyptian Air Force Base Fayyad, wfu 18 March 1971, transferred by HSA to a professional school, where? Hatzerim.

IDF serial – 61 – construction number 173 – previous identity IDF 6642, 4561, 61 – status w/o 04Dec56 – comment 101 Sqn, Crashed after losing control in a spin. Pilot was sadly killed.

IDF serial – 62 – construction number 174 – previous identity IDF 6644, 5662, 4562, 62 – status w/o 21Nov67 – comment 116 Sqn, Shot down by ground fire over Jordan. Pilot was sadly killed by locals on ground? 2 kills

IDF serial – 63 – construction number 175 – previous identity IDF 4563, 63, 630, 6645 – status w/o 07Jun67 – comment 116 Sqn, Shot down by ground fire over the Mitla Pass in the Sinai. Poss 05Jun67.

IDF serial – 64 – construction number 176 – previous identity IDF 4564, 64, 6646, 64 – status w/o 05Jun67 – comment Shot down over Egypt by a MiG-21.

IDF serial – 69 – construction number 240 – previous identity FAF 240, IDF 4569, 4X-FVD, 65 – status w/o 11Mar59 – comment 109 Sqn, Crashed after a collision with Mystere 73. Or on 3/3/1959?

IDF serial – 70 – construction number 227 – previous identity FAF 227, IDF 4570, 4X-FVE, 70 – status w/o 12jul61 – comment 109sq, Burnt out on the ground after engine failure.

IDF serial – 71 – construction number 230 – previous identity FAF 230, IDF 4571, 4X-FVF, 71, 771, 711 – status Ramon – comment Valley Squadron Flying Wing Squadron, Holz (there in 2000), HRA Museum, Ramon.

IDF serial – 72 – construction number 231 – previous identity FAF 231, IDF 4572, 4X-FVG, 72 – status w/o 26jan67 – comment 109sq, Crashed after an inflight fire and engine failure.

IDF serial – 73 – construction number 232 – previous identity FAF 232, IDF 4573, 4X-FVH, 73 – status w/o 11mar59 – comment 109sq, Crashed after a collision with Mystere 65. Or on 3/3/1959?

IDF serial – 74 – construction number 233 – previous identity FAF 233, IDF 4574, 74 – status w/o 05jun58 – comment 109sq. Crashed into the sea after hitting a ship’s mast on a low level flight. Pilot was sadly killed.

IDF serial – 75 – construction number 234 – previous identity FAF 234, IDF 4575, 4X-FVJ, 75, FAF234 – status Mont De Marsan – comment EC-2 Dijon, October 56, deployed to Ramat David, Delivered as 4X-FVJ Valley Squadron 75, 26Jun62: Returned to the French AF in exchange for an Ouragan.

Annex 3 – Attributed Israeli Mystere Air Combat Victories

Mystere IVA

Date – 30-Oct-56, Pilot – Yosef Tzuk, Kill – MiG-15, Country – Egypt, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 30-Oct-56 Dror Avneri MiG-15 Egypt, Notes – possible, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 31-Oct-56, Pilot – Shai Egozi, Kill – Vampire, Country – Egypt Baghat, Notes – Hassan Helmi, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 31-Oct-56, Pilot – Shai Egozi, Kill – Vampire, Country – Egypt, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 31-Oct-56, Pilot – Aharon “Yalo” Shavit, Kill – Vampire, Country – Egypt, Notes – Mahmud Wael Afifi, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 31-Oct-56, Pilot – Aharon “Yalo” Shavit, Kill – Vampire, Country – Egypt, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 31-Oct-56, Pilot – Ya’acov Nevo (Millner), Kill – MiG-15, Country – Egypt, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 31-Oct-56, Pilot – Ya’acov Nevo (Millner), Kill – MiG-15, Country – Egypt, Notes – Mohammed Iwais, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 31-Oct-56, Pilot – Nadav Margalit, Kill – MiG-15, Country – Egypt, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 20-Dec-58, Pilot – Ya’acov Nevo (Millner), Kill – MiG-17, Country – Egypt, Source – Cull/Nicolle/Aloni
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Asaf Ben-Nun, Kill – MiG-17, Country – Egypt
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Ami Goldstein, Kill – MiG-17, Country – Egypt
Date – 05-Jun-67 , Pilot – Mario Shaked, Kill – Hunter, Country – Jordan
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – unknown, Kill – Hunter, Country – Jordan
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – unknown, Kill – MiG-17, Country – Syria

Super Mystere B2

Date Pilot Kill Country Notes Source
Date – 28-Apr-61, Pilot – Tzur Ben-Barak, Kill – MiG-17, Country – Egypt
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Aharon “Yalo” Shavit, Kill – MiG-21, Country – Syria
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Alexander Armon, Kill – IL-14, Country – Egypt, Notes – Only 2 IL-14 in totals on this date
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Amiram Manor/Zvi Umshweif, Kill – IL-14, Country – Egypt, Notes – Shared claim
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Zvi Burenstein, Kill – IL-14, Country – Egypt
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Chaim Rotem, Kill – MiG-17, Country – Egypt
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Shlomo Shapira, Kill – MiG-17, Country – Egypt Only, Notes – 1 MiG-17 in totals on this date
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – Yirmiyahu Keidar MiG-21, Country – Syria
Date – 05-Jun-67, Pilot – unknown, Kill – MiG-21, Country – Syria

References
http://myplace.frontier.com/~anneled/IAFclaims.html
http://myplace.frontier.com/~anneled/IAFtotal.html
https://www.iaf.org.il/294-he/IAF.aspx?lang=he&SortDir=ASC

Annex 4 – Other useful information

P-51 Mustang 73, rear fuselage in store area 1
This Mustang s/n 2373 was flown by First Lieutenant Yonatan Atkes of 116 Sqn and shot down in 2/11/1956, Ras Nasrani, Sinai.

Photo link https://flic.kr/p/4CWh9P

The rear remains in the Hatzerim scrap compound. The remainder MAY have been used in the build of “53” at the museum. “53” was repainted as “41” before 2006.

P-51 Mustang “01”, rear fuselage in store area by 707
a) Thought to be ex (23)31 ref MAR. Link – https://www.flickr.com/photos/37219510@N02/24050622407/
b) Clearly not the remains of the Haifa example from this photo link – https://www.aironline.nl/weblog/2019/01/27/flink-verbouwde-north-american-p-51d-mustang-in-haifa/, this was IDF (23)52, ex 44-72228 c/n 122-38687 from that ref but real identity not confirmed

P-51 Mustang “41”, in main museum
a) 53 (2000) was repainted as 41 (2006-current) between 2000 and 2006. Links – https://www.airliners.net/photo/Israel-Air-Force/North-American-P-51D-Mustang/162539 & https://www.flickr.com/photos/15110856@N02/15923048202/
b) The original 41 was imported to the UK, it was at Teeside in the early 80s. It is now in the US, see link https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/flight-of-p-51-44-72028.49603/
c) Photos exist of 008 (1996), which MAY have become “53” and subsequently 41. Link – https://www.airliners.net/photo/Israel-Air-Force/North-American-P-51D-Mustang/2542702
d) Planebase has 008 becoming 73 then 53. Could the front end of 73 have been
made into “008”, which was then repainted as 53, then 41?

MiG-21 007
a) Iraqi 534 was “stolen” by the Israelis
a1. This ref suggests it went to the US in the third week of January 1968
and spent about three months there before being returned. Link – https://www.sky-high.co.il/134771/%d7%a1%d7%99%d7%a4%d7%95%d7%a8-%d7%94%d7%9e%d7%99%d7%92-21-%d7%91%d7%97%d7%99%d7%9c-%d7%94%d7%90%d7%95%d7%95%d7%99%d7%a8-%d7%94%d7%99%d7%a9%d7%a8%d7%90%d7%9c%d7%99-%d7%9e%d7%a0%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%93%d7%aa-%d7%9e%d7%91%d7%98%d7%95-%d7%a9%d7%9c-%d7%90%d7%99%d7%a9-%d7%a6%d7%95%d7%95%d7%aa-%d7%94%d7%a7%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%a2

a2. In early 1969, the aircraft was transferred to the US once again, but the
same aircraft was not returned
a3. A further replacement was sent from the US, which was still not the
original 534
b) Another ref but does not really shed any more light on fate of 534. Link – https://www.warhistoryonline.com/history/israel-stole-mig-21.html
c) Another ref gives details of the YF-110 and links serial 007 to 80695. Link – https://www.warhistoryonline.com/history/israel-stole-mig-21.html

TBM-3, V34
V34 TBM-3 originally thought to be N7850C/69355 TBM-3E,
Now thought to be N6829C/91741 TBM-3U ref MAR with the IDs swapped in store.

The third machine 85506/N6582D is at Herzliya.

 

July 2020 article and all photographs credit: Bob Prescott

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