Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Review: Jezreel Valley Mysteres

Shlomo Aloni
Jezreel Valley Mysteres
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2015
Category: Israel Air Force - History

Rating: 5-Stars

The Mystere IV was Israel's leading interceptor from the mid- to late-1950s.  This included the 1956 Sinai Campaign, where the Israeli fighter corps first proved itself against their Egyptian adversaries.  Even after the Super Mystere arrived in 1958, the Mystere IV continued to serve in the air-to-air role until the arrival of the Mirage III in 1962.

With the arrival of the Mirage, the role of the Mystere IV shifted from air-to-air to primarily air-to-ground in its focus.  In this capacity, the Mystere would go on to play an essential part during operations in the Six Day War as well as the War of Attrition.

Jezreel Valley Mysteres traces this evolution in role, following the experience of the 109 Squadron throughout this period.  Throughout the text, Aloni delivers the same level of detail that he has become famous for, including intimate details of the squadrons operations, day-by-day accounts of wartime activity, and candid pilot accounts from the men who lived through these historic events.  This is complimented by plenty of black-and-white photography from the era, and even a few color images from the 1960s.  A superb tribute to this important fighter-bomber.

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