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Erel (Engel), Dan (Danny)

Erel (Engel), Dan (Danny)


Son of Pesach and Sarah. Born in Tel Aviv on the 1st of Adar, February 14, 1945. He completed his studies at the Yehuda Halevy Elementary School in Tel Aviv and later attended the Reali School in Haifa. He was drafted into the IDF in August 1962, and served in the Israel Air Force as a pilot. After that, he joined the regular army. He served as a lieutenant, and was admired by all his friends in the service. He was a pilot in the aerobatics quartet of the Israel Air Force and was considered an excellent instructor. On the first day of the battles of the Six-Day War, on the 26th of Iyar, June 5, 1967, Dan fell in an air battle. He fell in the skies of Egypt during the attack on the airport in Ischas. A monument in his memory was erected in the section of the missing persons, in the cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. After he fell, he was promoted to captain. A grove of 1,000 trees was planted in his memory in the Modiin Forest. The grove is next to that of Eli Cohen. In the synagogue, in memory of the martyrs of Antopol in Tel Aviv, his father erected a holy ark with a candle in his memory, and a marble plaque was set there. In the elementary school where he studied, a corner was set up with a library in his name. This fallen hero is a “maklan” – a hero whose burial place is unknown.

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