The first airstrikes for the Israeli Air Force, led by a round of boisterous Jewish American WWII veterans in the spring of 1948, were actually flown in swastika-bearing Nazi planes — Messerschmitt Bf 109s — that had been grounded in Czechoslovakia. (Wisecracking pilot Gideon Lichtman, who ended up flying 30 missions, called these decrepit single-propeller crafts... More >>>