Was anyone in the CoC able to trace the IAF bloke responsible. A friend of mine and his cameraman were killed in Iraq by US Marines in an own goal. ITN identified them but there was no follow up.
Here is my translation of it:
On 10th June 1982 - the fifth day of the fighting, the IDF fought Syrian forces in the eastern sector of southern Lebanon. The leading pilot of a flight of four IAF Phantoms reported to the IAF FAC that he saw no targets on the axis he was asked to attack. The FAC directed him to another axis "axis Micha", which the pilot identified on the map. They flew west and identified the target from a high altitude. On the lead plane were Lt. Col. Danny Shaki, the pilot, and Capt. Locker, the navigator. It was their first mission flying together. The leader flew from east to west along the new axis ("Micha"), but failed to notice he had drifted westwards to another axis -"axis Emerald". Convinced that he was on the right axis, he reported to the FAC that he could see targets, a little west of the town of Rashaya. However he had mistakenly identified Kfar Mesheki as Rashaya. The FAC replied that if the targets were a little west of Rashaya, he could attack. The navigator noticed that there was an error in the identification and advised the pilot that they were about to attack a different spot than was intended. The pilot did not heed his navigator’s comments and continued the assault. The four Phantoms hit the IDF forces in Wadi Bianur, where the AFVs and recce platoon of 931 Battalion were, as well as echelons and armour engaged in refueling and resupply. The first pilots bombed the targets they saw and the others aimed at the impacts of the first bombs. 25 IDF troops were killed and 117 injured. Delays in helicopter evacuation of the wounded led to fatal results in some cases.
931 Battalion APC convoy (most of us soldiers had been advancing north on foot since early morning, so we were well clear of the incident but heard and saw it from afar.
931 Battalion mortar platoon with its APCs
931 Battalion recce platoon – these reservists suffered heavily as they were exposed on their M151 recce jeeps.
Tanks that came to rearm and refuel
Fuel, ammunition and supply trucks and their personnel.
In the ensuing investigation it was noted that the Lebanon terrain made it difficult to distinguish between the forces on the ground and the orange recognition panels on the vehicles could not be seen from the altitude the Phantoms attacked from.
The incident led pilots to be more reticent when dealing with ground targets in the campaign.