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US Pilot Who Helped Form Israeli Air Force Dies

Israeli Air Force P-51 Mustang (Photo: Israeli Air Force)

In the past, we have recommended the compelling documentary (available to watch on Netflix), Above and Beyond. It tells the story of the brave American pilots who, after World War II, made their way to the Holy Land to help fight Israel's War of Independence in 1948. Today, Israel Hayom reports that one of these aviators, Mitchell Flint, has passed away at the age of 94. May his memory be a blessing:

Mitchell Flint, an American aviator who helped form the Israeli Air Force in 1948 and served in Israel's first fighter squadron has died. He was 94...

Flint was one of the founding members of "Machal," a group of non-Israelis who fought in the 1948 War of Independence. He was one of the original members of the Israeli Air Force's first fighter squadron and helped train Israel's first military pilots, his son said.

Flint and other members of the Machal had flown in German planes that were captured during World War II and covered the Nazi insignia with Stars of David. He flew in rebuilt Messerschmitts, Germany's main fighter plane during World War II, as well as Mustangs and Spitfires...

"He was a humble man who did what he did and never looked for glory," Michael Flint said of his father. "He was proud of what he did until the very end."

Tags: US-Israel Relations , History , IDF

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