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Avia S 199 Mezek
Ten aircraft ordered 23 April 1948 from Czech government. First aircraft on the night of 20/21 May 1948. Second batch of fifteen aircraft delivered shortly afterwards. Total of 25 acquired. Design based on Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 with Jumo 211F engine. Used by 101 sqn for interception and ground attack duties. All withdrawn from service by May 1949. No (official!) Hebrew name given. Survivors serialled in the range 1901+.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
D-101        
D-102        
D-103        
D-104        
D-105        
D-106       w/o June 1948 - rolled over on take-off at Herzliya
D-107       w/o 10 July 1948 - shot down near Qunaytra
D-108       okay 14 Oct 1948
D-109        
D-110       w/o 29 May 1948 - shot down near Hatzor
D-111        
D-112        
D-113       w/o? 16 Oct 1948 - forced landing after engine failure near Lydda
D-114       w/o 16 Oct 1948 - spun & crashed at Herzliya
D-115       w/o 8 Sept 1948 - landing accident at Herzliya
D-116       w/o ? date - landing accident at Herzliya
D-117       okay 14 Oct 1948
D-118       okay 14 Oct 1948
D-119       the Photo-Recce a/c, w/o ? date at Herzliya
D-120       crashed on t/o 14 June 1948 but repaired, okay 14 Oct 1948
D-121       landing accident 6 Sept 1948, okay 14 Oct 1948
D-122       w/o 16 Sept 1948 - take-off accident at Herzliya
D-123       okay 14 Oct 1948
1907        
?       w/o 30 May 1948 near Kfar Vitkin - pilot Rubenfeld bailed out after hit by AA fire
?       w/o 9 July 1948 crashed on take-off at Herzliya - pilot Stan Andrews
?       w/o 9 July 1948 shot down near Gaza - pilot Bob Vickman
?       w/o early Dec 1948 crahsed on take-off from Hatzor - pilot Wayne Peak

References:

  • Air Enthusiast No.57
  • Spitfires Over Israel (Brian Cull et al)



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