Mordechai Toppel (Topol)
Mordechai, son of David and Basha, was born on March 15, 1929 in Ostrowiec. In 1936, he arrived in Israel with his parents who settled in Tel Aviv. He was a high school student and from a young age was a member of the Haganah. He earned his living in the distribution of the daily newspaper "Ma’ariv," and his dream was to be a geological engineer to discover oil sources in the Negev. He flew to America to study there. He stayed there for about a year, and returned to Israel at the at the beginning of the War of Independence as a pilot. He was in service from the beginning of the war, but in order not to deprive the source of the family's livelihood, he sold his newspapers every day at noon, and then he had time to arrive on his plane to the besieged settlements to drop ammunition and food for them. With the roads disruptions he flew to Haifa, and during the battles in the Castel - to Jerusalem.
He fell the day after the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, on May15,1948, in the defense of the airport in Tel Aviv which was bombed that day. The next day he was laid to rest in the military cemetery in Nahalat Yitzhak. The song, "A memorial Song for the Hero of Israel," was written in his memory, the words by Igal Carmi and the music by Gabriel Grad.