Cengiz Topel was the third of the four children of Hakki Bey, the tobacco expert from Trabzon and his wife Mebuse Hanim. He was born in Izmit on the 2nd of September 1934. His story is very important and his memory precious.Cengiz Topel graduated from the Army Academy in 1955. He was ranked as a junior corporal. He was sent to Canada for aviation training. In 1957 he started serving at the Merzifon Air Base. Four years later, in 1961 he was transferred to the 1st Main Air Base in Eskisehir. Two years later he was promoted to captain.On the 8th of August 1964, Captain Cengiz Topel was ordered on a mission to fly over Cyprus as the leader of a squadron of four. In Cyprus the Greek Cypriots were running systematic attacks on the Turkish population and the number of deaths rose every day.Captain Topel’s plane was shot down by a Greek team which had infiltrated the island. Topel managed to jump out with a parachute but perhaps it would have been better had he been killed in the plane. The Greek Cypriots caught him. A while later it was announced that he had died in hospital. Topel’s remains were returned to Turkey on the 12th of August. However there are certain inconsistencies in the story between the moment Topel’s plane was shot down and the time his body was returned. Witness evidence points to the following set of events:Captain Topel’s plane was shot down with an anti-air gun. Topel managed to exit the aircraft with a parachute. He landed at a point between Lefke, Gaziveren, Elye ve Camlıkoy. Upon landing Captain Topel burned all documents and maps he was carrying. Then he started making his way towards Lefke. Greek Cypriots looking for him soon identified his location and caught up with him. Captain Topel resisted until his ammunition ran out, but had to surrender in the end. Greek Cypriots took him to Guzelyurt. Here, he was probably killed in the “interrogation room” (torture chamber) in the monastery. It is possible that he was asked to make statements against Turkey on the radio and deliver information regarding his mission. Captain Topel did not do this.There are certain things you do not want to know about. Once you have read it, seen it or heard about it, you know that you will never be able to forget it. You feel your heart weight down like a stone, every time you remember it. yet you still read and listen. You take on the burden voluntarily. There are certain things which are insufferably painful. Nevertheless, they must be remembered and mourned. It is clear what Captain Topel was made to go through. Many details are also clear. However, sometimes the pain is great enough that you are ashamed of your own horror and you have to share it.The details of what happened between the 8th of August and the 12th of August may be seen in the autopsy report alone. Captain Topel was killed by torture. It is possible that some details were omitted from the report. However the basic information and the concluding comments of the report are reproduced here. Please read it. The content of these few paragraphs will bother you for a few minutes, while Captain Topel experienced these for four days.Autopsy ReportName of deceased: Hakki Cengiz TOPEL Individual identifying the body Corporal Yalcin ORAY of the Cyprus Turkish Regiment Age and sex: 29, male. Height: 170 centimetres. Eye colour: Brown. Hair colour: Auburn. Estimated time of death: 6 to 48 hours ago. The autopsy was carried out by Dr Mustafa Fahri Dikengil in the presence of Danish Military Unit doctors Major Peter Kristensen and Corporal Sorensen, Surgeon Captain Yasar Kilicaslan of the Turkish Regiment, Surgeon İsmail Hakki Omericye of the Red crescent Hospital and Surgeon Kaya Bekiroglu of the Cyprus Turkish General Hospital.“The area of damage and ecchymosis on the right of side of the neck is the result of trauma on this region (fall or a blow). The blackening of the right eye is as a result of a strike with a hard object (fall or a blow). The strike zone of the right shoulder and the breaking of the shoulder blade is the result of a strike with a blunt object (fall or a blow). The bullet holes visible on the front and the back right side of the chest above the 11th rib indicate that a bullet fired from the back has traversed the body from the back to the front and from the top towards the bottom, breaking the back ends of right ribs and severing the lower fissure of the right lung, exiting from the front. The bullet holes on the left side indicate that a bullet fired from the behind has traversed the body from the back to the front and from the top to the bottom and exited from the front through the rib cage. As a result of the impact of the bullet there has been haemorrhaging of the left lung. The two bullet wounds in the left leg indicate that the bullets travelled from the back to the front and from the bottom to the top. In conclusion, the deceased has been shot at close range with a firearm and died of wounds sustained despite surgical intervention. From the position of entry wounds on the back, we may assume that the deceased was shot at from various directions. We assume that the wounds to the right chest have been caused by a bullet fired from the back and towards the ground and the wounds on left chest also from a bullet fired from the back towards the ground. The wounds on the left leg are also from the back, but the bullet has been fired from the bottom upwards. The firearm employed is not a strong weapon such as an infantry rifle, it is not automatic and has been fired from close range.