THE SIX DAYS WAR

JUNE 5, 1967, OPERATIONS TILL MORNING OF THE NEXT DAY


Introduction June 5 - First Wave June 6 June 7 Last Days


SECOND WAVE SORTIES


1. The second wave attack, on Egyptian bases, was intended to finish the destruction of the first-wave attacks. Three Egyptian airfields remained still active - Abu-Sweir, Cairo-West and Inshas.

2. Since the element of surprise was gone, the flights profile changed to hi-lo-hi, by that profitting reduced fuel consumption / range, but risked to be exposed to SAM / A-A fire.

3. The 2nd wave attacks began ca. 09:30 (take offs) to ca. 12:30 (last landings).

4. The armament used included Runway-Piercing bombs and heavy HE 500 kg. bombs.

5. The Vautours participated in the 2nd wave by three attack formations. The most distant, and still being a surprise for the Egyptians, was the attack of Luxor base, where the few surviving Tu-16 had found shelter.


Second Wave Sorties - A Brief Summary


    Target: Cairo West
  • Take off: 10:23
  • Crews and aircraft:
    1) Leading: [ Zohar & Talmor ] N 66
    2) [ Z. Tavor ] A
    3) [ Y. Gal ] A 08
    4) [ G. Goren ] A 12
  • On target: 11:05
  • Returned: 11:58 . The flight back in 40,000 feet.
  • Results:


    Target: Inshas
  • Original target: El-Minaya base, changed during flight to Inshas base.
  • Take off: ca. 10: 30
  • Crews and aircraft :
    1)Leading: [ I. Golan + A. Inbar ] N 62
    2) [ A. fridman ] A.
    3) [ I. Nir ] A.
    4) [ S. Zimon ] A.
  • Time on target: 11:09
  • No targets for attack were found in the field. The formation attacked SAM batteries.
  • Returned: ca. 11:50


    Target: Luxor
  • Take off: ca. 11:15
  • Crews and aircraft :
    1) Leading [ Keren ] A 21
    2) [ H. Bodinger] A 14
    3) [ Rafaeli & Ben-Shua ] BR-33
  • Time on target: 12:15
  • Results:
  • Returned: ca. 13:23


    Targets: [ Changed / Aborted ]
  • A formation took off at the beginning of this wave, its missions changed during flight.
  • First target was Abu-Sweir but then redirected to bomb King Hussein's palace. A third target was found and the formation attacked a radar station, near Port Sayid)
  • Crews and aircraft:
    Leading [G. Magen & Raz ] N ?
    [ + 2 or 3 a/c ]


Summary of the Second wave

1. Sqn. 110 operated in this wave 14-15 aircraft, attacking two Egyptian fields, SAM batteries and a radar station.

2. The attack of Luxor still had the effect of surprise.

3. The achievemnts of the first wave caused the cancelling of two planned missions.

4. It is possible that a second PR sortie was performed.

5. The squadron didn't suffer any losses.






JUNE 5 : THE THIRD WAVE - AFTERNOON ATTACK SORTIES

1. The 3rd wave included two attacks of Syrian airfields, which were part of "Moked" plan, and an "improvised" attack of H-3, Iraq, as consequence of new intelligence.

2. The first casualty (POW) and loss of a Vautour happened in the heavy A-A environment of Damir (Dumayr) airfield.


DETAILS:

    Damier, first attack
  • Take off: 12:46
  • Crews and aircraft:
    1) Leading: [ L. Zur+ A. Los-Eyal ] BR-31
    2) [ A. Vilan ], 07
    3) [ A. Tzivoni ], 09
    4) [ U. Margalit ], A.
  • Armament: 8 x 120 / 100 bombs, each.
  • Results:
  • No. 07 was downed by A-A fire. Vilan POW.
  • Duration: 0:45 h.
  • Landing: ca. 13:30

    Damier, second attack
  • Take off: ca. 13:15
  • Crews and aircraft:
    1) Leading [ M. Saar & U. Talmor ], N 62
    2) [ M. Dvir ] A.
    4) [ R. Tzur ] A.
    3) [ I. Nir ? ] A.
  • Results:
  • Landing: ca. 14:00


    H-3, first attack
  • Take off: 14:15
  • Crews and aircraft:
    1) Leading [ Magen & Inbar, 66 ]
    2) [ Y. Tal ]
    3) [ R. Goren, 26 ]
    4) [ D. Ilan ] - returned after take off due to technical failure.
  • Time on target: 15:00
  • Returned: 15:57




JUNE 5 : THE FOURTH WAVE - EVENING, TOWARDS DARKNESS

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DETAILS:
    Ras Banas
  • Distance to target: 965 km.
  • Take off: ca. 16:45
  • Crews and aircraft:
    1) Leading [ I. Golan ] A.
    2) [ A. Fridman ] A.
    3) [ O. Nachman ] A 03
    4) [ S. Zimon ] A.
  • Time on target: 18:00
  • Results:
  • Duration of sortie: 2:30, {landing - ca. 19:15}


    Sinai - close support, Bir-Tamade region
  • Take off: ca. 17:00
  • Crews and aircraft:
    1) [ M. Gil + M. Eini ]
    2) [ M. Dvir ]
    3) [ Y. Tal ] N, without a navigator
  • Returned: ca. 18:00


    Sinai - close support
  • Crews and aircraft: [ Keren & ? ] [ ? ] [ ? ]

    Target: Cairo West ??
  • (Source - Dani Shalom. In doubt}
  • Take off: 17:15
  • Crews and aircraft:
    1) Leading: [ Keren & Raz ] N.
    2) [ A. Fridman ?] A. {recorded in the formation attacking Ras-Banas}
    3) [ BZ. Zohar & Ben-Shua] N.
    4) [ U. Margalit ] A.
  • On target:
  • Returned: 18:55.
  • Results:


    Sinai - interdiction, Egyptian armour
  • Crews and aircraft: [ Magen, 66, without navigator ] [ D. Ilan ? A.] [ ? A. ]
  • Armament: Napalm
  • Leader was hit, but managed to land, practically without flight controls.
  • Returned: (after sunset)





NIGHT JUNE 5 - JUNE 6

1. This night activities concentrated in two ground attack efforts.
a) Bombing a Jordanian "Long Tom" guns' battery, that shelled the suburbs of Tel Aviv and several towns in central Israel.
b) Interdiction attacks on a Jordanian armoured coloumn, proceeding on the road Jericho - Jerusalem.
2. These targets were engages=d by four formations plus two single aircraft, beginning attacks at ~ 20:30 and ending around 03:30.


    Ground attack - artillery battery. kalqilia (I)
  • Take off: ca. 20:15
  • Crew and aircraft:
    Leading [ M. Saar & A. Los-Eyal ] BR 33
    [ Y. Rafaeli ] A.
    [ A. Tzivoni ] N 67, without a navigator.
  • Landed: 21:10, duration: 0:55

    Ground attack - artillery battery. kalqilia (II)
  • Take off: 21:15
  • Crew and aircraft:
    Leading [ L. Zur & E. Raz ] BR 33
    [ R. Goren ] A 21
    [ G. Goren ] A.
  • Returned: 22:15
  • Note: the same BR-33 was rearmed and performed the two sorties in sequence.

    Ground attack - artillery battery. kalqilia (III)
  • Performed by a single aircraft (N), with [ D. Ilan & U. Talmor ]
  • Take off: 22:45 ; Landing: 23:42.

    Sinai - Um-Kateff; Jerusalem
  • A single aircraft (N 62) with [ R. Goren & U. Talmor ].
  • Take off: 02:26
  • Original target: dropping flares over the battle field of Um-Katef (Abu-Ageila), a fortified divisional zone, Eastern Sinai.
  • The crew didn't succeed to maintain radio contact with the ground troops, and so failed the IAF control center. The a/c aborted this mission.
  • Pilot Goren asked for a secondary target and was ordered to join a night attack of the Jordanian convoy east to Jerusalem. Identification of the target by night was difficult. The a/c bombed some vehicles and APCs on the road.
  • Returned: 03:54.


    Interdiction - Jordanian armour, Jericho - Jerusalem (I)
  • Take off: ca. 01:30
  • Crew and aircraft: [ ? ] [ Tzivoni, 03 ] [ ? ]
  • Identification of the convoy was difficult. Although dropping flares the bombibg was not accurate.
  • Returned: ca. 02:30


    Interdiction - Jordanian armour, Jericho - Jerusalem (II)
  • Take off: ca. 02:55
  • Crew and aircraft:
    Leading [ Y. Rafaeli & A. Los-Eyal ] BR 31
    [ A. Tzivoni ] A 18
    [ G. Goren ] A.
  • This attack was also partially successful, but had mainly a psycological effect.
  • Returned: 03:50, duration: 0:55 h.
  • Note: the Jordanian forces were stopped and destroyed only in the morning, by attacks of Ouragan and Fouga formations.


NIGHT ACTIVITY - SUMMARY

The nocturnal attacks of the Vautour proved to be very partially successful. Except for flares the Vautour had no other means for night navigation and fire/bombing control. As a result the Vautours diminished drastically their night sorties during the next days of the war.






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