Michel Bacos 1924 – March 26, 2019

Michel Bacos  was the captain of Air France Flight 139 hijacked in 1976 leading to the Entebbe raid.

(HT: CL in comments)

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14 Responses to Michel Bacos 1924 – March 26, 2019

  1. Pedro the Ignorant

    I vividly recall the cheering and relief when the hostages were rescued in that magnificent military operation by the Israeli Army.

    Vale, Michel Bacos, a hero who acted above and beyond the call of duty. “A Real Man”; פאַקטיש מענטש

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m going to go against the grain here and state that the Entebbe rescue, while it brought a much more positive result than Munich, was somewhat reckless and lucky not to have been a disaster. The fact it was a hostage rescue in hostile territory obviously complicated the options available. I’m not denying the individual courage and command decisiveness involved, either.

    Munich? What country had faced a Munich situation before?
    Was the Munich disaster the embryo of GSG9?

    From Muddy, on the open thread.

    Indeed, the pigs breakfast the German cops made of the Munich massacre was the genesis of GSG9, and, yes the Isreali’s themselves admitted they had been lucky.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    The Germans are foul people.

    Thank goodness they are being replaced.

  4. TBH

    Incredible raid when you think of it I’ve always admired how the 1sraelis don’t fuck about in these situations, especially in the wake of Munich. The French have their moments. Most of all I revel in these terrorists nutcases copping it with the full effect of what a professional fighting force can dish out to them.

    I watched an interesting series on Netflix recently about the Mossad and those people didn’t and don’t muck around either.

  5. TBH

    * The French have their moments _too_

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I watched an interesting series on Netflix recently about the Mossad and those people didn’t and don’t muck around either.

    In early 1967, an impeccably tailored gentleman made an appointment to see staff officers at Egyptian Air Force headquarters in Cairo. He presented impeccable credentials to show that he was from the International Federation for Air Safety, and asked about Egyptian military air flights, so that civilian traffic could be routed around their air bases. The Egyptians were forthcoming – their fighter aircraft flew “dawn patrols” but then there was a time when they would all be on the ground, being serviced, before the day’s training began.

    The gentleman with the “impeccable credentials” was a Mossad agent, and that was how the Egyptian Air Force was almost eliminated, on the ground, during the opening hours of the 1967 “Six Day” war.

  7. Helen

    yes the Isreali’s themselves admitted they had been lucky.

    We all need a bit of luck, even with the best made plans.

  8. Siltstone

    The harder they practice, the luckier they get.

  9. JohnL

    Entebbe – v – Lindt’s Cafe:
    Israelies were lucky at Entebbe!
    Australians were doubly lucky at Lindt’s Cafe in that that the “brave” police, heavily armed to their teeth, did not kill more hostages at the Lindt’s Cafe.
    Yes, Israelis have a lot to learn from Australian.

  10. None

    Hostage rescues invariably result in some hostages dying. That is a known fact and horrible and sad as it was, the woman who died in the Lindt siege was not an unexpected outcome. That’s why hostage rescue are risky and 100% successful operations are rare.

  11. NuThink

    The Blantyre (Malawi) incident is another way to terminate a hijack. It was very risky, as Dr Banda ordered the aircraft blown up as he was in a hurry to get to London and wanted the incident over. They did not eventually blow up the aircraft but the military pumped it full of bullet holes with the two hijackers on board as well as some of the hostages. That prompted the hijackers to give up.

    http://historyofmalawi.com/?p=426

    1972 SAA hijacking
    The only ever successful hijacking of an SAA plane was of a Boeing 727 en route from Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) to Johannesburg, on May 24, 1972. Two Lebanese men planted dynamite on the plane and, armed with a pistol, proceeded to force the pilot to return to Salisbury, where the plane landed, refuelled and took off again, with a total of 12 hostages on board. The hijackers demanded to be flown to the Seychelles, but tricking them, the pilot flew to Blantyre, Malawi. Upon landing in Blantyre, under cover of darkness, all but one of the passengers succeeded in sneaking into the cockpit and escaping down the emergency escape rope. By the time the hijackers realised what was afoot, just the one passenger, a flight attendant and the pilot remained as hostages. The two hijackers apparently began arguing with each other and the remaining three hostages escaped. Malawi security forces arrived and the two hijackers surrendered. Unbelievably, they were charged only for illegal possession of a firearm and were released after serving one year in prison.

  12. Muddy

    A slight digression from the topic, but as I have stated previously, I consider that one of the great strengths of the Israeli state is their intelligence system. Decisive command decisions, swift and co-ordinated execution, and individual courage, must all be prefaced by the gathering, collation and analysis of comprehensive intelligence. This applies to both external and internal security threats.

  13. JohnL

    None
    #2972181, posted on March 28, 2019 at 5:45 am
    Hostage rescues invariably result in some hostages dying. That is a known fact and horrible and sad as it was, the woman who died in the Lindt siege was not an unexpected outcome. That’s why hostage rescue are risky and 100% successful operations are rare.

    Bullshit, None.
    The person who you referring to as “woman” was a hostage! This lady did not “died”, she was killed by a stray bullet fired by incompetent police during the incompetent hostage rescue operation.
    There was another hostage killed during this disgraceful and incompetent operation – the cafe manager killed by the perp. His death also was not accidental – it was due to political correctness by politicians and police command that let the siege drag on for some 18 hours until the manager was killed by the perp.
    None, making the comments like that you are not only stupid but also disrespectful to two fine people that dyed unnecessary due to incompetence by police and cowardice by the politicians.
    On the side note – it took the police 45 minutes to arrive at the mosque in the Christchurch shooting!

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