Saving Paratrooper Perlos — Part 4

“B. Incident report:- “On Thursday 14.12.50 an Air Force airplane dropped paratroopers over a training base of new recruits. Once the first stick jumped out First-Sergeant Shmuel Refael looked outside in order to ascertain that the paratroopers floated away from the airplane and called: ‘Dispatcher No. 2! A man got caught on the wheel, tell…

Saving Paratrooper Perlos — Part 3

I performed the approach to land 20 mph faster than normal due to the fact that the parachute was still stuck to the towing-hook and the canopy was fully inflated and caused a lot of drag. Shortly after the airplane touched the runway it stopped. Our Squadron Commander, Avisar, was at Air Force Headquarters that…

Saving Paratrooper Perlos — Part 2

I immediately felt that there was something wrong, as if a lot of drag was added to our airplane and steering it became sort of “heavier”. At the same moment Dispatcher Number Two entered the cockpit and shouted excitedly that a paratrooper got caught at the tail of the airplane. I started immediately a turn…

Saving Paratrooper Perlos — Part 1

This was 1950 and the Israeli War of Independence was at its end. One evening during the first week of December during which we were free from flying my two room-mates: Gershon Litwitz and Nathan Novick and I went to the Paratroopers Club for a drink and a chat with a few of the Paratroop-Instructors.…