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Missing Israeli Fighter Pilot Found 56 Years Later

IAF Lt. Yakir Mordechai Naveh (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Of the many Israelis lost through the years while defending the Jewish state during times of war — or who perished while preparing for such times — each heroic warrior is remembered for their service. Now, Ynet News' Itay Blumenthal and Yoav Zitun tell us, the body of an IAF airman lost in 1962 has at last been recovered. May the memory of Lt. Yakir Mordechai Naveh be a blessing:

The remains of the Israel Air Force (IAF) pilot Lt. Yakir Mordechai Naveh—whose plane crashed into the Sea of Galilee during a training flight in 1962—had finally been recovered, according to a statement released by the IDF Spokesperson's Unit on Tuesday.

"On Thursday, October 25, 2018, during a search operation, Yakir’s remains were located among the wreckage of the aircraft in the Sea of ​​Galilee and had been transferred to the Forensic Institute. The IAF was at the helm of the operation and was supported by several other units,” stressed the IDF in an official statement...

“This effort is part of the IDF's moral and ethical obligation to locate all the prisoners and missing persons, which includes fallen IDF soldiers whose burial place is unknown," concluded the military in a statement.

Naveh enlisted to the IDF in May 1957 and initially served as an Airborne Mechanic, but eventually he managed to fulfill his dream and become a fighter jet pilot. On May 6, 1962 Naveh and IAF Cadet Oded Cotton embarked on a training flight, from which they did not return.

One year after the tragedy, Cotton’s body had been found amid with the wreckage of the plane. Naveh was declared a fallen IDF soldier whose place of burial is known...

Tags: History , IDF

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