Arab - Israeli Aircraft Losses


This table provides a summery of Israeli and Arab aircraft losses during 50 years of aerial combat since the creation of Israel in 1948. It also attemps to estimate total aircraft losses for both sides over the last 50 years. The table is divided into rows according to various Arab - Israeli conflicts:
1948 - 1949 :  Israeli War of Independence.
1956 :            Suez Crisis (Operation "Kadesh").
1967 :            Six Days War.
1967 - 1970 : War of Attrition.
1973 :            Yom Kippur War.
1982 :            Invasion of Lebanon (Operation "Peace for Galilee", included in the 1982 - 1998 period).

Arab Losses Israeli Losses
Years Air To Air On Ground AAA/SAM Other Total Air To Air Other Total
1948-1949 19 30 4 3 56 2 23 25
1949-1956 3 - - - 3 - - 0
1956 7 - - 2 9 2 13 15
1956-1967 12 - - 1 13 2 - 2
1967 60 373 3 16 452 12 34 46
1967-1970 113 - 25 12 150 4 26 30
1970-1973 34 - 4 1 39 2 6 8
1973 277 22 43 100 442 15 99 114
1973-1982 26 - - 3 29 - 2 2
1982-1998 88 - 8 4 100 - 10 10

Estimated training and operational losses : Arab - 250, Israeli - 150

Total 1948-1998 Losses - Estimated

Arab Losses Israeli Losses
Air To Air On Ground AAA/SAM Other Total Air To Air Other Total
639 425 87 392 1543 39 363 402


Egyptian Air-to-Air Losses During 1956 Operation "Kadesh"

Aircraft Type Date Encounter Kill Status Shot Down by
MiG-15 30/10/56 4 MiG-15s Vs 3 Mysteres Confirmed Lt. Yosef Tzuk
dH Vampire 31/10/56 4 Vampires Vs 2 Mysteres Confirmed Lt. Shai Egozi
dH Vampire 31/10/56 4 Vampires Vs 2 Mysteres Confirmed Lt. Shai Egozi
dH Vampire 31/10/56 4 Vampires Vs 2 Mysteres Confirmed Lt. Aaron Shavit
dH Vampire 31/10/56 4 Vampires Vs 2 Mysteres Confirmed Lt. Aaron Shavit
MiG-15 31/10/56 3 MiG-15s Vs 2 Mysteres Confirmed Cptn. Ya'akov Nevo
MiG-15/17 (?) 31/10/56 MiG-15 Vs 2 Ouragans Unconfirmed Cptn. Ya'akov Agasi
MiG-15 31/10/56 2 MiG-15s Vs 2 Mysteres Confirmed Cptn. Ya'akov Nevo


Israeli Attrition Report For 1956 Operation "Kadesh"

Aircraft Type Damage Severity Crash Landed
outside battle
zone*
Returned to
service
Slight Medium Destroyed Total
Dassault Mystere 3 - 1 4 - 3
Dassault Ouragan - 1 - 1 1 1
Gloster Meteor - 1 - 1 - 1
N.A. Mustang - 6 7 13 5 4
dH Musquito 1 - 2 3 - 1
N.A. Harvard - 1 2 3 1 1
Piper Super Cub 1 3 3 7 - 7
Total 5 12 15 32 7 18
* of aircraft listed under damage severity

source: "operation "Kadesh", IDF/AF 1950-1956" by Major Yitzhak Shtaigman.

Arab Losses During 1967 Six Days War
in parenthasis, aircraft destroyed in the air

Aircraft Type Egypt Syria Jordan Iraq Lebanon Total
MiG-21 100 (29) 33 (8) - 15 - 148 (37)
MiG-19 29 (16) - - - - 29 (16)
MiG-17/15 89 (9) 23 (3) - - - 112 (12)
Sukhois 14 (4) - - - - 14 (4)
Hawker Hunter - - 21 (2) 5 (3) 1 (1) 27 (6)
Fighters Total 232 (58) 56 (11) 21 (2) 20 (3) 1 (1) 330 (75)
Tupolev Tu-16 30 - - 1 (1) - 31 (1)
Ilyushin Il-28 29 (2) 2 - - - 31 (2)
Bombers Total 59 (2) 2 - 1 (1) - 62 (3)
Mil Mi-4 1 3 2 - - 6
Mil Mi-6 10 - - - - 10
Helicopters Total 11 3 2 - - 16
Ilyushin Il-14 / C-47 Dakota 24 - 6 2 - 32
Antonov An-12 8 (1) - - - - 8 (1)
other 4 - - - - 4
Transports Total 36 (1) - 6 2 - 44 (1)
Total 338 (61) 61 (11) 29 (2) 23 (4) 1 (1) 452 (79)
Percentage of Air Force Lost 60% 40% 70% 10% - 45%

sources:
"... Not On a Silver Platter" by prof. Jehuda Wallach.
"Phantom over the Nile", Ze'ev Schief, 1970.

Arab Losses during War of Attrition (11.06.67 - 01.08.70)

Type 1967 1968 1969 1970 Total
Egypt
MiG-21 4 - 31 33 68
MiG-17 4 1 6 9 20
Sukhoi Su-7 4 - 10 9 23
Ilyushin Il-28 - - - 2 2
Total 12 1 47 53 113
Syria
MiG-21 - - 9 9 18
MiG-17 - 2 1 5 8
Total - 2 10 14 26

- Navigational error caused two pilots to land their aircraft in Betzet, northern Israel.
source: "Phantom over the Nile", Ze'ev Schief, 1970.


Confirmed Egyptian Air-To-Air Losses During 1973 Yom-Kippur War

Date AS-5 Hunter L-29 Mi-8 MiG-17 MiG-21 Mirage Su-7 Su-20 Total
06/10/73 2--15
7
-5-29
07/10/73 ----- 6---6
08/10/73 -3--4 6-4-17
09/10/73 ----- ----0
10/10/73 ----1 1-2-4
11/10/73 ----- 4---4
12/10/73 ----- ----0
13/10/73 ----- ----0
14/10/73 ----- 8---8
15/10/73 ----- 1---1
16/10/73 ----8 3-1-12
17/10/73 ----- 5---5
18/10/73 ---14 531-14
19/10/73 ----4 8-2418
20/10/73 ----- 5-2-7
21/10/73 ----- 71--8
22/10/73 --1-- 2---3
23/10/73 ----2 5---7
24/10/73 ----- 14---14
Total 23116
110
4174157

source: Air Forces Monthly October 1999, "Suez Combat" by Shlomo Aloni.


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