Bob Wickman. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo.
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Bob Wickman. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo.

Bob Wickman. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo.

 

 

Bob was born in Hollywood. During the war with Japan flew over the Pacific Ocean in the USAAF. It was a part of the reconnaissance group. He made sorties 65.

After the war in Los Angeles I enrolled in the School of Arts, where he met with Andrews. Together they went to war for Israel's independence.

Bob Wickman. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. Photo. 1

 

With the second group of pilots, Vikman, arrived from Czechoslovakia in early June. Together with the 101st Squadron, Wickman flew for one month. On July 9, Wickman, Lou Lenart and Bill Pomerantz flew out to support the offensive. Andrews was supposed to be fourth, but crashed the plane on takeoff (luckily the hanging bombs didn't go off).

Pilots could not find the main goal - El Arish airportAnd went to the spare - ships in the port of Gaza. Lenart, dive-bomb brushed aside for him was Wickman. But even plane Lenart did not see his friend in the sky. He turned the plane to the base, Pomeranz joined him along the way.

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We decided that Bob had been shot down. But recently there was other information. One of the Egyptian Air Force officers He published a memoir, in which he described his meeting with Bob aircraft (details of time and place coincide completely). The Egyptians said that his aircraft was much more ancient enemy planes, and he was going to move under the cover of its land guns and began to maneuver. Bob summed up his passion ...

Robert Wickman attacked a maneuvering target from above the water itself, got carried away and crashed right into the sea. Obviously, he could not determine the correct height above the sea - this is a very common error of pilots. Or Wickman mismanaged the plane and started to get out of the dive late. One way or another, Bob paid for his gambling error with his life.

Bob Wickman. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. Photo. 3

 

Death Wickman greatly affected the mental state Dov Ben-Zvi and Stan Andrews - his best friends.

 

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