How Arab and Israeli fighters clashed in the skies over a key Iraqi airfield during 1967’s Six-Day War
Every nation and every war has its heroes. Some attain the status of national legends, while many more remain unknown forever, except within narrow circles. Despite their catastrophic defeat in the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War — better known as the ‘Six-Day War’ — the Arab militaries had their own heroes from that conflict. Over time, one became better-known to the Western public. Part of the reason was that the person in question was not an Arab. Another was that following the 1967 defeat, many Arab heroes were treated with the utmost injustice by their superiors and discharged from service.