With at h/t to Andrew Meyers, a New York attorney, accountant and my cousin.
SHERMAN: "Where to today, Mr. Peabody?"
MR PEABODY: "Today, Sherman, I've set my"wayback machine" to 1948. We're going to various locations around the United States and then onto an amazing undercover operation in Israel, still then called, Palestine."
Clandestine phone calls had been going out to veteran U.S. WWII pilots. Think of this as putting together THE DIRTY DOZEN, only in this case, it was called the Mahal. They were to become the first Air Force and the last hope of this nascent country. Their mission would determine the viability and the existence of a new independent nation -- the State of Israel. The odds were formidable but the stakes couldn't be higher. Failure would destroy their hopes of existence.
The Machal were made up of volunteer pilots, most of them American, some British. Their hush-hush mission was to defend Israel from a five prong attack -- Eqypt, Syria, Trans-Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The coordinated efforts of this assault were sure to doom the budding Israel. Time was ticking as the five formidable enemies readied their armies. The Israeli defenses were outrageously outnumbered, but not in hopes and dreams. This was do or die and they were not going to be denied their independence. They had suffered enough already.
Israel had only four (4) airplanes as the war began. They were German (how ironic) "Messerschmidt 109's" (again ironic, remember PT 109) which they smuggled in from the Czech Republic. The fighters were assembled overnight in Tel Aviv and were never flight tested before going into battle.
The unified army had tanks, squadrons, manpower and fighter planes. How could the State of Israel stand up to that? Was this the David and Goliath story of it's time?
A preview of the documentary ABOVE AND BEYOND is below. It's really a great insight into struggles for existence and of will power over might. Enjoy: