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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 94416
Last updated: 21 March 2020
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Date:11-OCT-1973
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom
Owner/operator:201 Sqn Israeli AF (IDF/AF)
Registration: 673
C/n / msn: 3722
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sinai Desert -   Egypt
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Hatzor, Israel
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Shot down by an Egyptian MiG-21MF using AA-2 air-to-air missiles. Both crew - Yonatan Ophir (pilot) and Aran Cohen (navigator) - were killed, and officially posted as KIA/MIA.

The body of pilot Yonatan Ophir was returned to Israel in May 1982 by the Egyptian Govrernment (following the 1979 Peace Accord) and he was buried in Jerusalem on June 1 1982. The body of navigator Aran Cohen was not located until early 1995, still inside the wreckage of the Phantom. He was returned to the Israeli authorities, and buried at the Kibbutz at Dagnia, Israel on June 12 1985

Note: Israeli RF-4E-41 Phantom '673' was ex-USAF 68-0525, supplied new to Israel under project "Peace Echo 1" . It has previously been damaged in air-to-air combat on 13 June 1972 (which see)

Sources:

http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_271.shtml
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1968.html
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=mKyWYMkW960C&pg=PA91&lpg=PA91&dq=Israel+F-4+shot+down+13+June+1972&source=bl&ots=Jv_wO8vgbd&sig=DFpjEwGpa2KzuF4YCj9DXHjpvGE&hl=en&ei=Kf_CTpXDEcTitQbY4NXZCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Israel%20F-4%20shot%20down%2013%20June%201972&f=false]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Nov-2011 17:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Nov-2011 00:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
16-Nov-2011 00:11 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
14-Apr-2013 14:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
17-Dec-2019 20:41 J155 Updated [Cn]

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