Operation Tarnegol was an Israeli Air Force operation carried out on the eve of the 1956 Suez Crisis. It witnessed an Israeli Gloster Meteor NF.13 intercept and destroy an Egyptian Ilyushin Il-14 carrying high-ranking members of the Egyptian General Staff en route from Syria to Egypt.
|Meteor NF.13 #52 (Credit A.Dor)|
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On October 28, 1956, at 14:00, Tsiddon was ordered to urgently prepare one NF-13 for a secret mission. Actually, by that time, Meteor NF-13 #52 was ready for flight, equipped with four 20mm cannons, with 160 rounds each and carrying two 330 liter external fuel tanks.
It was revealed that Egypt has just signed a military treaty with Syria and Jordan and all the senior Egyptian staff, including Marshal Amer (Nasser's vice president), was in Damascus for coordination meeting with the Syrian. The Israeli Intelligence found out that delegation is due to return that night in an Egyptian IL-14 cargo aircraft. The secret mission was, understandably, to intercept and shoot sown the aircraft, thus damaging immensely the Egyptian Army high command.
|Marshal Amer (Credit : Public domain)|
|Tsiddon and Elyashiv preparing their mission (Credit A.Dor)|
|IL-14 (Credit FAS)|
|Meteor #52 landing at Hatzor AFB after its mission (Credit A.Dor)|