RECOUNTING AN ACTION DURING THE LARGEST JET-TO-JET BATTLE IN HISTORY - THE YOM KIPPUR WAR Yom Kippur G?? the Day of Atonement G?? is the holiest day in the Hebrew calendar and in Israel is marked by a national holiday but on that day in 1973 the unexpected happened. At 14.00 hours on 6 October the coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israeli positions.
Thousands of Egyptian troops swarmed across the Suez Canal into Israeli-held Sinai whilst in the north nearly 1,500 Syrian tanks backed by artillery thrust west towards Israel. Facing this sudden surprise attack on the Golan Heights were less than 200 Israeli tanks.
In the air, too, Egyptian and Syrian air forces struck in a single, co-ordinated assault hitting the Israeli's anti-aircraft defences and hoping to deliver a fatal blow. Largely unprepared, Israel reeled however within hours it mobilised its fighting reserves and began a ferocious battle to stem the enemies advance. As Israeli tanks and infantry rushed to hold the front line and, in the north, push the enemy back, Israeli Air Force jets overhead fought a heroic battle to regain the initiative and control of the skies.Both Egyptian and Syrian forces were equipped with hundreds of Soviet-supplied SAM missiles but the tide of war was turning and a battered Israeli Air Force now went on the counter-offensive. And amongst their main targets were the heavily-defended Egyptian air bases that lay deep in the Nile delta. Robert Taylor's powerful and dramatic painting depicts one such strike that took place on 14 October 1973, half way through the war, when Israeli F-4 Phantom fighter-bombers made simultaneous strikes against the Egyptian air bases at Mansoura and Tanta north of Cairo. After the first wave struck the elite Egyptian MiG-21 units at El Mansoura, the other Phantom squadrons attacked Tanta in waves, turning to dog-fighting immediately after dropping their ordnance. Tanta was also home to two squadrons of Libyan Mirage 5s and the furious air battle that ensued involved countless fighter aircraft. Despite bitter opposition, the successful IAF missions eliminated much of the effectiveness of the Egyptian Air Force and its Libyan allies. Signatures May Vary by Edition. Joining artist Robert Taylor in signing each print are TWENTY TWO Pilots and Navigators who flew the F-4 Phantom with the Israeli Air Force in the Yom Kippur War.
Between them they amassed at least SEVENTY jet victories: THE PILOTS Brigadier General AMIR NACHUMI G?? scored 14 victories in total, 7 in the F-4 and 7 in the F-16.
Brigadier General SHLOMO EGOZY G?? 10 victories, 2 in the Mirage and 8 in the F-4, Israel's highest-scoring F-4 ace. Brigadier General YORAM AGMON G?? scored 6 victories, 4 in the Phantom and 2 in the Mirage, including the first ever Mirage kill.
he scored 3 victories all in the Phantom. Brigadier General YOEL FELDSHO G?? 4 victories, 1 in the F-4 and 3 in the F-15, including the longest bombing mission ever staged in October 1985. Brigadier General SHAMUEL BEN-ROM G??
credited with at least 2 victories in the F-4. Brigadier General URI BAKAL G?? he was on one occasion forced to eject from his F-4 after suffering a direct hit. Brigadier General ZVI KANOR G??
he was credited with at least 1 victory in the Phantom. as a Pilot he was officially credited with 2 victories in the F-4 and spent time flying with Navigator ace ITZCHAK AMITAY.scored at least 2 victories in the F-4 with Navigator ABRAHAM ASHAEL, before being shot down and taken POW. he scored at least 1 victory while flying the Phantom before moving onto the F-16. he shot down 3 MiGs in the F-4 on his first combat mission with AMIR NACHUMI. Lieutenant General DANI HALOTZ G??
scored 3 victories in the F-4, becoming the IAF Commanding Officer and later Army Chief of Staff. THE NAVIGATORS Brigadier General ITZCHAK AMITAY G?? scored 5 victories in the F-4 including 3 on a single day. Lieutenant Colonel YAIR DAVID G??
while flying the F-4 he was shot down but recovered in a daring Combat Search and Rescue mission. Brigadier General MOSHE BARTOV G??credited with at least 1 victory flying the Phantom. Brigadier General ABRAHAM ASHAEL G?? scored at least 2 victories in the F-4 with Pilot MEIR SHANI before becoming a POW. scored 2 victories in the F-4, flying with Pilots EITAN PELED and DANI HALOTZ. while flying the F-4 he ejected having been shot down but was later recovered. Lieutenant Colonel ACHIKAR EYAL G?? scored 1 victory in the F-4 which was the Phantom's first aerial kill for the IAF. E STUDIO PROOFS Replicated on fine canvas under the supervision of the artist, each Gicl+? E is hand signed by Robert Taylor, hand-numbered and issued with a Certificate of Authenticity. Each canvas is released pre-stretched and ready to simply drop into a frame of your choice. We are pleased to offer Double Strike by Robert Taylor.
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