The IAF aircraft will conduct flyovers of the sites to honor the memory of those who perished there.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets, which are scheduled to take part in joint exercise with Luftwaffe (German Air Force) aircraft next month, will conduct flyovers of the Dachau concentration camp, where more than 30,000 Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, and the Olympic Village in Munich, where 11 Israeli athletes and their coaches were massacred in 1972 by Palestinian terrorists.
According to Channel 12, the IAF aircraft will conduct flyovers of the sites to honor the memory of those who perished there.
The joint training, which will feature fighter squadrons of the two air forces practicing air battles, long-range sorties and aerial refueling, will see aircrews taking precautions amid coronavirus restrictions.
Last summer, IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Nurkin visited Germany to develop and enhance cooperation between the air forces.
“We meet here and remember what happened in the past and do everything possible to work together in the future,” General Nurkin said during the visit.
The three Baz 4 AUP fighter jets (706, 715 and 733) departed Israel on Aug. 28, 2003 and headed to Poland to attend the Polish Air Force’s 85th anniversary airshow, which was over the weekend of Aug. 30-31. On their way home, the three-ship formation performed a flypast over Auschwitz-Birkenau.
They flew over the infamous train tracks, over the infamous selection platform, and over an Israeli Defense Forces memorial ceremony taking place amid the crematoria, as the photo in this post shows.
Formation leader Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel read out the following statement over the comms as the IAF F-15s overflew the concentration camp: “We pilots of the Air Force, flying in the skies above the camp of horrors, arose from the ashes of the millions of victims and shoulder their silent cries, salute their courage and promise to be the shield of the Jewish people and its nation Israel.”
Photo credit: Israeli Defense Forces