Operation Velveta 1 — Part 16

Part 16  –  We sail to Israel on the immigrant ship “Atsmaut”. We parted from Geda near the gangplank of the “Atsmaut” and boarded ship. The first question we asked the crew was about a shower. Could you ever imagine how happy we were when we found a modern shower with unlimited hot water. And…

Operation Velveta 1 — Part 15

Part 15  –  We wander north to Bakar, south of Riyeka, documented as German Prisoners of War. Indeed, a few days before the end of the month Geda told us that next morning all of us will sail north in a boat which sails up and down the shore.We packed our personal effects. Geda gave…

Operation Velveta 1 — Part 14

Part 14  –  We dismantle our base in Nikic’ and move to Budva. The month of October was over and we were still sitting idly around. It was my custom never to ask and investigate those who were my superiors as to what was going-on and since I did not hear from Geda new tidings…

Operation Velveta 1 — Part 13

Part 13  –  We dismantle and pack up the Spitfire to be sent to Israel. We did not spend our time during that period in which we were forcibly grounded just by filling our bellies and our radio-operators as well as our radio-engineer, Al, were not the only ones among us who worked. Geda was…

Operation Velveta 1 — Part 12

Part 12  –  Operation “Velveta” stops and we remain as hostages. The changes in the Operation’s program was initiated partly by us after we summarized the first ferry-flight and partly by the Yugoslav authorities, resulting from Israel’s failure to stand by its promises given in exchange for Yugoslavia’s agreement to let us use its territory…

Operation Velveta 1 — Part 11

Part 11  –  Adventures on a train. We are being arrested before returning to our airbase. After the shower we returned to the Colonel’s office who invited us to sit down and sent the Orderly-Officer to fetch somebody. A young Second-Lieutenant appeared. He belonged to the Air Force Regiment (A Regiment of soldiers who guard…

Operation Velveta 1 — Part 10

Part 10  –  The Yugoslav Air Force hosts us and sends us to our airbase. I woke up to a noisy and tumultuous environment. Our three room partners and many more from neighboring rooms were up, washed up, shaven and busy getting dressed in their uniforms. We were so tired that we hardly opened our…