Tally of All Known Israeli Air Combat Victories

Last revised: July 27 2001


The Israel Defence Force/Air Force has been involved in six wars (1948 War of Independence, 1956 Sinai War, 1967 Six Day War, 1970 War of Attrition, 1973 Yom Kippur War and the 1982 Invasion of Southern Lebanon) along with many years of skirmishing. In general, the details of IDF/AF operations and personalities have been shrouded in official secrecy. However, this veil has been partly lifted in the last ten years and details have begun to emerge. There are now a number of authoritative histories of the Mid East aerial conflict available. These include:

Spitfires Over Israel, a history of the air conflict in the 1948-49 Israeli War of Independence, by Brian Cull, Shlomo Aloni and David Nicolle, Grubb Street, 1994.

Wings Over Suez, a history of the air operations during the Sinai and Suez Wars of 1956, by Brian Cull, David Nicolle and Shlomo Aloni, Grubb Street, 1996.

Israel's Best Defense, an insider's history of the IDF/AF by Eliezer "Cheetah" Cohen, Orion Books, 1993.

No Margin For Error, another history of the IDF/AF by Ehud Yonay, Pantheon Books, 1993.

Israeli Fighter Aces, an account of the air force's top pilots, by Peter Mersky, Speciality Press, 1997.

Phoenix Over the Nile, a history of the Egyptian Air Force, by Lon Nordeen and David Nicolle, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.

G-Suit: Combat Reports From Israel's Air War, a collection of IDF/AF pilots' accounts of aerial actions, by Merav Halperin and Aharon Lapidot, Sphere Books, Ltd, 1990.

Fighters Over Israel, a slightly dated, but still useful history, by Lon Nordeen, Orion Books, 1990.

Air Warfare in the Missile Age, a general history with good coverage of the mideast conflict, by Lon Nordeen, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.

The Fighting Israeli Air Force, an early history of the IDF/AF, by Stanley Ulanoff and David Eshel, Arco Pulishing, Inc., 1985.

From these and other sources, the following lists have been prepared. One list covers all air-to-air victories claimed by the IDF/AF that pass historical scrutiny (there have been some that didn't) and the other is an accounting of air-to-air victories scored by individual pilots. The former list is believed to be fairly accurate and complete, but there are no guarentees. The latter list is believed to be complete up to June 5, 1967, the beginning of the Six Day War. After this point, there are many missing attributions and a lot of sketchy detail.

The companion page to this one lists all IDF/AF air combat victory claims that can be attributed to indvidual pilots.

I welcome any further information that people might have available. Additionally, I would welcome any information on air-to-air victory claims made by pilots in the Arab air forces. I can be e-mailed at: dave@amiwest.com.

Israel Air Force Victory Totals By Date

    Date        Aircraft        Number    Kill          Country
  03-Jun-48 Avia S 199               2 C-47              Egypt
  08-Jun-48 Avia S 199               1 Spitfire          Egypt
  10-Jul-48 Avia S 199               1 AT-6              Syria
  18-Jul-48 Avia S 199               1 Spitfire          Egypt
  23-Sep-48 Avia S 199               1 Rapide            Jordan
  16-Oct-48 Avia S 199               1 Spitfire          Egypt
  19-Oct-48 Beaufighter              1 Fury              Egypt
  21-Oct-48 Spitfire IX              1 Spitfire          Egypt
  04-Nov-48 Spitfire IX              1 C-47              Egypt
  17-Nov-48 Spitfire IX            0.5 Spitfire          Egypt
            P-51D                  0.5 Spitfire          Egypt
  20-Nov-48 P-51D                    1 Mosquito          Britain
  22-Dec-48 Spitfire IX              1 MC.205V           Egypt
  28-Dec-48 Spitfire IX              2 MC.205V           Egypt
            Spitfire IX              1 Spitfire          Egypt
  30-Dec-48 Spitfire IX              2 MC.205V           Egypt
  31-Dec-48 Spitfire IX              1 MC.205V           Egypt
            Spitfire IX              1 Spitfire          Egypt
  05-Jan-49 Spitfire IX              1 MC.205V           Egypt
            P-51D                    1 MC.205V           Egypt
  07-Jan-49 Spitfire IX              3 Spitfire          Britain
            P-51D                    2 MC.205V           Egypt
            Spitfire IX              1 Tempest           Britain
  29-Aug-55 Meteor F.8               1 Vampire           Egypt
  02-Sep-55 Meteor F.8               2 Vampire           Egypt
  12-Apr-56 Ouragan                  1 Vampire           Egypt
  29-Oct-56 Meteor NF.13             1 IL-14             Egypt
  30-Oct-56 Mystere IVA              1 MiG-15            Egypt
  31-Oct-56 Mystere IVA              4 Vampire           Egypt
            Mystere IVA              2 MiG-15            Egypt
  20-Dec-58 Mystere IVA              1 MiG-17            Egypt
  28-Apr-61 Super Mystere B2         1 MiG-17            Egypt
  14-Jul-66 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
  15-Aug-66 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
  13-Nov-66 Mirage IIICJ             1 Hunter            Jordan
  29-Nov-66 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-19            Egypt
  07-Apr-67 Mirage IIICJ             6 MiG-21            Syria
  05-Jun-67 Mirage IIICJ            17 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             5 MiG-19            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-17            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             1 Hunter            Jordan
            Super Mystere B2         2 MiG-21            Syria
            Super Mystere B2         1 MiG-17            Egypt
            Super Mystere B2         2 Il-14             Egypt
            Mystere IVA              1 MiG-17            Syria
            Mystere IVA              2 Hunter            Jordan
            Ouragan                  1 MiG-17            Egypt
  06-Jun-67 Mirage IIICJ             4 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             5 MiG-19            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             4 Su-7              Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 Hunter            Iraq
            Mirage IIICJ             1 Tu-16             Iraq
            Mirage IIICJ             1 Hunter            Lebanon
            Vautour IIA              1 Hunter            Iraq
  07-Jun-67 Mirage IIICJ             5 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-19            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-17            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             1 Il-28             Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 Hunter            Iraq
  08-Jun-67 Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-19            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-17            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             1 Il-28             Egypt
  09-Jun-67 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
  04-Jul-67 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-17            Egypt
  07-Jul-67 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
  08-Jul-67 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  11-Jul-67 Mirage IIICJ             1 Su-7              Egypt
  15-Jul-67 Mirage IIICJ             4 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
                                     1 Su-7              Egypt
  10-Oct-67 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
  12-Dec-68 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-17            Egypt
  24-Dec-68                          2 MiG-17            Syria
  12-Feb-69                          2 MiG-17            Syria
            Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
  24-Feb-69 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Syria
  03-Mar-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  08-Mar-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  15-Mar-69                          1 MiG-21            Egypt
  14-Apr-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  05-May-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  20-May-69 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Egypt
  21-May-69 Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-21            Egypt
  29-May-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
  24-Jun-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  26-Jun-69 Mirage IIICJ             4 MiG-21            Egypt
  02-Jul-69 Mirage IIICJ             4 MiG-21            Egypt
  07-Jul-69                          2 MiG-17            Egypt
  08-Jul-69 Mirage IIICJ             7 MiG-21            Syria
  20-Jul-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
                                     1 Su-7              Egypt
  22-Jul-69                          1 MiG-21            Egypt
  24-Jul-69 Mirage IIICJ             4 Su-7              Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
  11-Sep-69 Mirage IIICJ             5 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 Su-7              Egypt
  06-Oct-69 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Egypt
  11-Oct-69                          2 MiG-21            Syria
  11-Nov-69 F-4E                     1 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Egypt
  27-Nov-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
                                     2 MiG-17            Syria
                                     1 MiG-21            Syria
  11-Dec-69 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Syria
  04-Jan-70 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Egypt
  08-Jan-70 Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-21            Syria
  09-Jan-70                          2 Su-7              Egypt
  08-Feb-70 F-4E                     1 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  09-Feb-70 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  26-Feb-70 Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-21            Egypt
  06-Mar-70 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Egypt
            F-4E                     2 MiG-21            Egypt
  16-Mar-70 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
  25-Mar-70 Mirage IIICJ             4 MiG-21            Egypt
  27-Mar-70 Mirage IIICJ             5 MiG-21            Egypt
  02-Apr-70 Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-21            Syria
  21-Apr-70 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-17            Egypt
  25-Apr-70 Mirage IIICJ             1 Il-28             Egypt
            F-4E                     1 Il-28             Egypt
  12-May-70 A-4                      2 MiG-17            Syria
            Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-17            Syria
  14-May-70 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Egypt
  15-May-70 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
  16-May-70 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
  03-Jun-70 Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-21            Egypt
  25-Jun-70 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
  26-Jun-70 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Syria
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Syria
  10-Jul-70 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Egypt
                                     2 MiG-21            Egypt
  27-Jul-70 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
  30-Jul-70 F-4E                     2 MiG-21            USSR
            Mirage IIICJ             3 MiG-21            USSR
  11-Sep-71                          1 Su-7              Egypt
  13-Jun-72 Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Egypt
     Aug-72                          4                   Syria
  09-Sep-72 Mirage IIICJ             2 Su-7              Syria
            F-4E                     1 Su-7              Syria
  09-Nov-72 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
                                     1 MiG-21            Syria
  21-Nov-72 Mirage IIICJ             5 MiG-21            Syria
            F-4E                     1 MiG-21            Syria
  09-Dec-72 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-21            Syria
  02-Jan-73                          1 MiG-21            Syria
  08-Jan-73                          6 MiG-21            Syria
  15-Feb-73                          1 MiG-21            Egypt
  21-Feb-73 F-4E                     1 Boeing 727        Libya
  13-Sep-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      9 MiG-21            Syria
            Nesher                   2 MiG-21            Syria
            F-4E                     2 MiG-21            Syria
  06-Oct-73 F-4E                     7 MiG-17            Egypt
            F-4E                     2 MiG-21            Egypt
            F-4E                     7 Mi-8              Egypt
            F-4E                     1 Su-7              Egypt
                                    27                   Egypt
                                     5                   Syria
            Nesher                   4 Su-7              Egypt
            Nesher                   2 Mi-8              Egypt
  07-Oct-73 F-4E                     1 Mi-8              Egypt
            F-4E                     2 MiG-21            Egypt
            F-4E                     4 MiG-21            Syria
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-21            Syria
            Mirage IIICJ             1 Su-7              Syria
  08-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ             1 MiG-17            Syria
            Nesher                   1 MiG-21            Syria
            Nesher                   1 MiG               Egypt
            Nesher                   1 MiG-21            Egypt
            Nesher                   3 Su-7              Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             3 Hunter            Iraq
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      3 MiG-17            Egypt
  09-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      6 MiG               Syria
  10-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      8 MiG               Syria
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      7 Su-7              Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      3 Hunter            Iraq
            F-4E                     3 MiG-21            Egypt
  12-Oct-73 F-4E                     9                   Syria
  14-Oct-73 F-4E                     4 MiG-21            Egypt
            Nesher                   4 MiG-21            Egypt
  15-Oct-73 F-4E                     1 MiG-21            Egypt
  16-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      1 MiG               Syria
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      8 MiG-17            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      3 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      1 Su-7              Egypt
  17-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      5 MiG-21            Egypt
  18-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher     23                   Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             2 MiG-17            Egypt
  19-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      1 Mi-8              Egypt
                                    18                   Egypt
  20-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      2 Su-7              Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      2 Su-20             Egypt
  21-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      5 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      4 Mirage V          Libya
  22-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      7 MiG-21            Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      3                   Egypt
            Mirage IIICJ             1 L-29              Egypt
  23-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher      5 MiG-21            Egypt
            F-4E                     4 MiG-21            Egypt
  24-Oct-73 Mirage IIICJ/Nesher     14                   Egypt
    10/73                          123                   Syria
                                     1                   Egypt
                                     1 Helicopters
  06-Dec-73 F-4E                     1 MiG-21            Egypt
  19-Apr-74                          2 MiG-21            Syria
  29-Apr-74                          4 MiG-21            Syria
  27-Jun-79 F-15                     4 MiG-21            Syria
            Kfir C2                  1 MiG-21            Syria
  19-Sep-79 F-15                     4 MiG-21            Syria
  24-Sep-79 F-15                     4 MiG-21            Syria
  24-Aug-80 F-15                     1 MiG-21            Syria
  31-Dec-80 F-15                     2 MiG-21            Syria
  13-Feb-81 F-15                     1 MiG-25            Syria
  28-Apr-81 F-16                     2 Mi-8              Syria
  14-Jul-81 F-16                     1 MiG-21            Syria
  29-Jul-81 F-15                     1 MiG-25            Syria
  21-Apr-82 F-16                     2 MiG-23            Syria
  25-May-82 F-15                     2 MiG               Syria
  26-May-82 F-16                     2 MiG-21            Syria
  07-Jun-82 F-15                     1 MiG-23            Syria
  08-Jun-82 F-15                     1 MiG               Syria
            F-15                     2 MiG-21            Syria
            F-15                     1 MiG-23            Syria
            F-16                     3 MiG-23            Syria
  09-Jun-82 F-15                     1 MiG               Syria
            F-15                     7 MiG-21            Syria
            F-15                     4 MiG-23            Syria
            F-16                    16                   Syria
  10-Jun-82 F-15                     5 MiG-21            Syria
            F-15                     2 MiG-23            Syria
            F-15                     1 SA342             Syria
            F-16                    18                   Syria
                                     2 Helicopters       Syria
            F-4E                     1 MiG-21            Syria
  11-Jun-82 F-15                     4 MiG-21            Syria
            F-15                     2 MiG-23            Syria
            F-16                    12                   Syria
  25-Jun-82 F-15                     2 MiG-23            Syria
  31-Aug-82 F-15                     1 MiG-25            Syria
    1982    RF-4E(S)                 1 MiG               Iraq
  20-Nov-85 F-15D                    2 MiG-23            Syria
    87-88   F-15                     1 MiG-23            Syria
  24-May-01 AH-64A                   1 C-172             Lebanon
 Total                             796

 Official Total                    686


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