- Existence: 1922-2000
Rudolph Augarten was born on June 16, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1941, then transferred to the Army Air Forces and graduated from flight school in 1943. He served with the 403rd Fighter Squadron in Europe from 1944 to 1945. Augarten left the military after World War II to study at Harvard University, but he decided to join the Israeli Air Force in 1948 in response to the fighting the Middle East. He flew with the 101st Squadron and later served as commander of Ramat David Airbase in the 1950s. In his civilian life, Augarten earned a master’s degree in engineering and worked for Rockwell International until his retirement in 1989. He passed away in 2000.
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