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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 1, 2018 x Mitchell Flint is seen by a P-51 Mustang in this photo released on behalf of his family after he died. Mitchell's sons, to express common sense of purpose my condolences and thanks, and an historical opportunity posthumously, forwhathisfa- united them all. ther did. We chatted, became Mitchell Flint was one of friends, and through that I dozens of non-Israeli volun- got to learn about his father teers who comprised Israel's and how we in Israel today first air force. Understood by have much to be thankful to Israel's first Prime Minister him for. David Ben Gurion that the The story of Mitchell Flint is depicted beautifully in "Angels in the Sky" by Robert Gandt. The vivid story about Mitchell Flint of the 101 Squandron, 1948.Mitchell and dozens of others like him gives a sense of being By Jonathan Feldstein and Israeli newspapers were thereduringthehistoric chal- filled with accounts of his lenges they confronted. They InevermetMitchell"Mike" life in obituaries that heaped were Jews and gentiles, some Flint, but before I had even praiseonhisheroism, andthat looking for action following heard of him, I knew about of others like him. their"retirement" as fighters him and his legendary sense There's a Jewish tradition in WWII, some looking to be of being on the right side of to comfort the mourningpart of the defense of the Jew- history in the establishment surviving family members ish people and establishment of the State of Israel. When I of one who dies and I was of Israel. Somewere religious read about Mitchell, Jewish able to connect with one of and others were not. But a Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultravJolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and mr family's eyes) from iariahl UV rays. Wear smqlatsos with nuinun IIV pretection. V~S~ N( C, i i; .i coming war of independence could not be won without air cover, a plan was carried out to acquire as many planes and arms as possible for the fledgling Jewish state and its population of 600,000. "Angels in the Sky" depicts sometimes chillingly the efforts made to build an air force to ensure Israel's victory. There were many challenges and setbacks, such as aircraft malfunctions and crashes, along with legal and military obstacles that required sur- reptitious counter measures. Many of those in charge of building the fleet put them- selves in harm'sway, and legal jeopardy. Planes were ferried to Israel under cover of secrecy and darkness. Refueling stops became perilous and could not be taken for granted. In parallel, as Israel built a fleet of old aircraft that were left over from WWII, Israel also manned its air force in a piecemeal way, picking up volunteers from the US, from South Africa, Europe, and who were complemented by a handful of native born Israeli Jews who had flown in the British air force. Often there were more TEN Family Gourmet Buffet oz.) Filet Mignons (5 oz.) Top Sirloins 2 (4 oz.) Boneless Pork Chops 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts (1 lb. pkg.) 4 (3 oz.) Kielbasa Sausages 4 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers 4 (3 oz.) Potatoes au Gratin 4 (4 oz.) Caramel Apple Tartlets OS Seasoning Packet (.33 oz.) s1689 G : Price $4999 gC99x 9@ separatel/ Combo 4 more Burgers and 4 more Kielbasa ~. ~#~<)~ ~%~ *Savings shown over aggregated single item base price. Limit 2 51689 pkgs. Your 4 free burgers and 4 free kielbasa will be sent to each shipping address that includes 51689. Standard S&H will be added per address. 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Mike Flint had his first turn at combat against the vastly larger and better armed Egyptians a few weeks later. He and his team always knew they risked putting their lives on the line. Indeed, dozens of Israel's founding air force were lost. But with the old planes they flew, risk came from oth- er sources than Arab armies. Mike Flint was becoming more familiar than he wanted with the enclave called the Faluja Pocket. Every day, sometimes several times a day, Flint and his dive bombing team visited Faluja. The 4000- man Egyptian brigade inside Faluja had become isolated when the main Egyptian army retreated southward to Gaza. Eliminating the Faluja Pocket had become a prime objective. (On) the fifth day of Opera- tion Horev, Flint's dive bomb- ers were again planting 50-kg bombs on Egyptian positions. The Egyptian gunners weren't improving with practice. The same anti-aircraft fire was coming from somewhere in the enclave, but hitting nothing. Flint made his sec- ond steep dive on the target. He punched off his last four bombs. He opened with his machine guns to discourage the Egyptian gunners. Then he roared for the safety of the sea. Over his shoulder he could see the plumes from the explosion(s). Once again, he'd gotten away with it. Or so he thought. Flint's wingman, John Soltau, was sliding to his left wing, waving, pointing to the belly of Flint's (plane). "I started to get this sinking feeling in my stomach," Flint recalled. He knew what Soltau was pointing at.Ahung bomb. Flint pushed the bomber into a dive, then hauled the Members of the Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club, Daytona BeachAmateur Radio Association, St. Augus- tine Amateur Radio Society, Flagler Emergency Commu- nicationsAssociation, Ameri- can Legion Amateur Radio Club 5th District and Flagler County Assist REACT Team 4800 will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23 -24 for 24 hours beginning at 2 p.m. at Hammock Commu- nity Center, 69 MalaCompra Road, Palm Coast, Florida 32137. THEiSKY [ GANOT "Angels in the Sky" by Robert Gandt. nose up in an abrupt four-G pull out. He did it twice. The bomb didn't budge. This was just one of many air battles of Israel's War of Independence. Watching atr shows during the celebrations of Israel's 70th anniversary, which included aircraft sent from other countries to join the celebration, my mind turned to Israel's first volun- teer air force with profound gratitude. Without them, it's hard to say what would be. But the book is a compelling tribute to one of the many ways that Israel struggled to survive against what would have been insurmountable odds in any other place. With combina- tion of bravery, fortitude, and chutzpah, the impi b ble became real. Of course these men were heroes, but the book's title also gives a wink to an invalu- lement of therk, :and' isrgel! ofig0ing survival. Angels are not free agents. They don't act on their own. They are agents and emissaries of God, and it's easy to see, and essential to recognize, these men were the extension of God's hand, or in this case His wing, pro- tecting Israel as He's always promised to do. Jonathan Feldstein was born and educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He is married and the father of six. He has a three- decade career in nonprofit fundraising and marketing, and throughout his life and career he has become a re- spected bridge between Jews and Christians. 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