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Posted byDick Gentry at8:11 AM ...
Posted byDick Gentry at8:11 AM Labels:Boulder, Colorado, George Lichter, Israel, Joline Weiss, New York, pilot, textiles, World War II
George Lichter, textile, war hero, reconteur
We lost a good friend last week.
Death is always something we must deal with, but losing George Lichter
was different for me.
Seldom in life do we encounter such a powerful and unique personality.
was a textile maven, a war hero, and a raconteur, especially entertaining over a bottle of wine.
could be tough and kind, enigmatic, and a seeker of the higher and better self.
The Esalen Institute
was a favorite destination.
would laugh telling me about washing dishes at the retreat as if it was a spiritual experience.
fabric, New York, Fifth Avenue, art exhibit
I met George Lichter
in the 70's on a fabric buying trip in
sat next to Edgar Silberman, another larger-than-life guy!
George Lichter, fighter pilot, World War II, Israel, statehood
George was a decorated fighter pilot during World War II and flew 88 combat missions over enemy territory.
Shortly after the war ended and
declared statehood, he
felt compelled to help the cause.
The Israelis sent him to a medieval village in
to train novice pilots on the dangerous S-199's.
was feared as much as respected by the young pilots as George
was serious and disciplined!
pilot, George Lichter, Ceske Budjovice air base
The pilots relax from the rigorous training at the Ceske Budjovice air base.
is second from left.
area. After retirement, George
, and we were very lucky to maintain a great friendship.
Vic Shayne, biography, George Lichter, autograph
We really miss you George!
George Lichter (1)
The Israeli Air Force : ...
The Israeli Air Force : George Lichter, Founder of the Force, Passes Away
Sting of the Yellow Jackets by Robert Bailey at OzarkAirfieldArtworks Aviation Art
Captain George Lichter joined the 361st Fighter Group, 374 Fighter
Squadron, at Richmond Army Base in May 1943.
The Group departed for
overseas in November 1943 on the liner Queen Elizabeth.
flew 88 combat missions and was credited with destroying 2 enemy
aircraft, 1 probable and 3 damaged.
He was awarded the DFG and Air
Medal and attained the position of Squadron Flight Leader.
to the States in December 1944 upon completing his tour of combat,
Captain Lichter joined the Israeli Air Force in 1948 where he flew combat
in the Messerschmitt 109 and Supermarine Spitfire.
This was during the
Israeli War of Independence.
When this war ended, he trained fighter pilots
and was head of the Israeli Advanced Flying School.
He became chief
Captain George Lichter, 374 Squadron
Schwimmer and his on-camera pilots readily display what Â Spielberg proudly tweets as â€œmoxie galore.â€� Army Air Force pilot George Lichter (1921-2014) was the Brooklyn-born founder of the Force.
Aviation artist Robert Bailey - gallery tour of limited edition prints - US Air Force
Captain George Lichter1st. Lt.