Nikola Djerfi (Đerfi)
( 1952 - )
Nikola Djerfi was born in 1952 in Pozarevac in Vojvodina. Hungarian by nationality he is married and has three children.
First combat mission Djerfi carried out during Ten day war in Slovenia attacking helicopters transporting weapons from Italy to Portoroz and attacking Slovenian road blocks around Postojna and Radgona. After Pula Air Base airbase is abandoned to Croatia 229th FB moves to Tuzla and Djerfi again participates in combat missions over Slavonia. Squadron is finally moved to Podgorica on 5 October 1991.
On 24 April 1992, LtColonel Djerfi in his Super Galeb G-4 no. 23631 together with another G-4 attacked positions of 1st Guard Brigade of Croatian Army on hill Rujnica near Gradac and Neum, both aircraft come under fire from both 1st Brigade air defense, 4th Brigade and territorial Ploce air defense which were located on surrounding hills and Djerfi was forced to bail out while second aircraft seems to have returned to Podgorica despite smoking trail.
During fall Djerfi attempted to direct his parachute to land to friendly lines but soon come under rifle fire from Croatian soldiers which damaged his parachute forcing him to fall rapidly some 400 meters in front of Serbian lines hurting his leg near village Rujnica. He also suffered a bullet wound and although he was armed with Scorpion submachine gun he surrendered with resistance.
Nikola Djerfi was taken to Lora prison and together with Milan Micic and Dragan Arsovski was exchanged in Nemetin for seven Croats from Vukovar sentenced to death in Serbia.
RanksYugoslav Air Force
- Lieutenant Colonel
- 1991 - commander of 229th Fighter-Bomber Squadron of YAF
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