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About Cengiz Topel Cengiz Topel (1934, İzmit-1964 Cyprus) was a fighter pilot of the Turkish Air Force, who was killed during Turkey's military intervention in Cyprus.Career He was born on September 2, 1934 to Hakkı Bey, a tobacco expert from Trabzon and Mebuse Hanım in İzmit, where his father was working for the Turkish Monopoly. He was the third sibling of four children. Cengiz Topel was schooled in Bandırma and Gönen of Balıkesir Province. He finished the primary and the secondary school in Kadıköy, İstanbul, where his family moved following his father's death. After a brief time at Haydarpaşa High School, he entered Kuleli Military High School, from which he graduated in 1953. Cengiz Topel joined the Army in 1955 in the rank of a Second Lieutenant following his education at the Turkish Military Academy. His interest in aviation took him to the Turkish Air Force. He was sent to Canada for flight training. In 1957, he returned to Turkey and was appointed to the 5th Air Wing in Merzifon Air Base. Cengiz Topel served from 1961 on at the 1st Tactical Air Force Command at Eskişehir Air Base. In 1963, he became Air Force Captain. Combat mission On August 8, 1964, Cengiz Topel was appointed to a combat mission during Turkey's military intervention to protect Turkish Cypriots against attacking Greek Cypriots. He led a four-fighter flight of the 112nd Air Squadron leaving Eskişehir Air Base around 17:00 local time for Cyprus. Topel's F-100 Super Sabre was hit by 40mm anti-aircraft fire and shot-down as he was straffing a Greek Cypriot patrol boat. He was able to eject his aircraft and made a safe parachute jump over land. He was promptly captured and brought to a hospital. However, members of the Cyprus National Guard took him from the hospital to their headquarters at Kykkos Monastery, where they tortured and murdered him. His corpse was returned on August 12, 1964 to the Turkish authorities only after insistent attempts. On August 14, 1964, he was laid to rest at the Edirnekapı Martyr's Cemetery in Istanbul. He is known as the first Turkish pilot killed in action. In remembrance A former Turkish Air Force base located near İzmit, currently in use as Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station, is named after him. A monument was erected on the coastal road in the village Gemikonağı near Lefka in Northern Cyprus, where he had landed by parachute. A bronze statue in Eskişehir depicts him in flight suit. A number of places, schools in Turkey and a hospital in Northern Cyprus are named after him.

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