About Mitchell Flint

Highlights

An average guy who did unbelievable things with worldwide consequences.

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Born: June 27, 1923 Kansas City, MO

Died: September 16, 2017 Los Angeles, CA

Education: University of California, Los Angeles, Law

United States Air Force

United States Navy Fighter Pilot (USS Wasp) – 1942
Rank: Lieutenant

Angel of Death Logo

Israeli Air Force

Israeli Air Force Fighter Pilot, (101 Fighter Squadron) – 1948
Rank: Rav Seren (Chief Military Commander)

Flint is the only pilot in the history of the Israeli Air Force awarded his rank of Rav Seren 65 years after the fact and presented at the 65th anniversary of the birth of Israel (also Mitchell’s 90th birthday) by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then President Shimon Peres, and Amil Eshel, the head of the Israeli Air Force.

The ceremony included a flyover by the plane flown by Flint in the critical Fallujah Pocket mission. In this mission Flint led Flight 35 in the 5 day campaign that bombed the Abdal Nasser-led troops numbering in the hundreds of thousands, eventually causing them to retreat. It changed the course of the war and ensured the birth of Israel held.

  • Member of the 101 Fighter Squadron known as “The Angels of Death”
  • Flew 27 different types of aircraft
  • Only person in aviation history to fly arguably the 4 greatest fighter planes of WWII
  • One of a handful of the foreign volunteers that served the duration of the war
  • Flew more missions than any pilot in the War of Independence.
  • Earned the “Red Around the Wings” for flying over 50 missions
  • One of the 12 original pilots that flew in the first Independence Day parade in Tel Aviv
  • An ace of sorts – he had a 100% shoot down average – came into contact with one enemy lane and shot it down

Fellow Pilots and Wingmen

  • Ezer Weizman – Seventh President of Israel elected in 1993
  • Rudy Augarten – Israel’s first Ace
  • Dany Shapira – Israel’s first astronaut

Mechanics

  • Harry Axelrod
  • Hovav Mileikowsky – PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s uncle
  • Shalom Yoran – became EVP, Israeli Aircraft Industries
  • Tev Zimmerman

Friends

  • David Ben-Gurion – personal friend who tried to convince Mitchell to move to Israel
  • Chris Magee – Mitchell’s roommate who became XO to decorated American combat pilot ‘Pappy’ Boyington
  • Milton Rubenfeld-(Pee Wee Herman’s father) was in same squadron
  • Vidal Sassoon – ground trooper
  • Future Prime Ministers

“Mitchell Flint was a living legend like no other”

-Pat Boone

“Meeting the likes of Mitchell Flint is like meeting

George Washington or Abraham Lincoln”

-David Mamet