Flight Lieutenant Afzal Jamal Siddiqui Sitara-e-Basalat 23 Sqn "Talons" 8 December 1971 died in a tragic 'blue-on-blue' incident when his F-6 was downed by his squadron commander during a chase of bandit Su-7s, near Faisalabad.
Flight Lieutenant Salim Baig Mirza 26 Sqn 'Black Spiders' F-86F Sabre Mirza remained the only pilot in the '71 Air War to achieve a couple of confirmed kills in air-to-air combat.
He retired as a Wing Commander.
in picture, second from left with 26 Sqn pilots at Peshawar '71.
shot down a Hawker Hunter of the IAF's 7 Sqn "Battle Axes", flown by Sqn Ldr Deba Prasad Chatterjee, during the famous air battle over Lahore on 20th September 1965, nicknamed 'Bo Kaata' - a reference to the downing of kites, during Basant.
A black day in history of Pakistan Air Force.
A transport plan of PAF crashed near Kohat, caused, Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir martyred along with his wife Bilquis Mir and all other 15 officers and crew members.
May Allah award the departed souls the highest rank in Jannat. Ameen.
Khalid Tamton Sb wrote uploaded a picture on his Facebook timeline on 13.01.2011, of him and MHK Dotani sb with the following remarks:
With G Cpt Dotani - Sgd.
"First Amputee Fighter Pilot of PAF. Who flew with me after his special clearance from Chief of Air Staff . He displayed superb handling of F-6 despite his special needs."
(See the Picture of MHK Dotani Sb and Khalid Tamton sb standing in front of F6).
In the other Picture Dotani sb standing 4th from left with his colleagues in front of Sabre Jet)
Air Commodore MHK Dotani was Chief Umpire in exercise High Mark 1986
Name Muhammad Zafar Masud
Date of Birth 17-10-1927
Date of Commission 25-2-1946
Date of Demise 07-Oct-2003
Masud joined RIAF and got commission on 25 Feb 1946. At the time of Independence, Zafar Masud opted for Pakistan and thus became the youngest pioneer of the newly born Royal Pakistan Air Force. In 1948, Flt Lt Zafar Masud was posted at Dhamial Army Air Base where he was in-charge of air campaigns during the Kashmir War. As the war intensified, Zafar Masud was sent to Skardu Airport where he took active part in air missions under the command of Sqn Ldr (Later Air Cdre) Mukhtar Dogar. In 1948, after the war, Masud joined the RPAF College where he imparted flying training to young cadets of PAF.
In 1958 A.M Asghar Khan chose Wing Commander Masud to organize, train and lead an aerobatic team of 16 Saber jets that later set a world record, validating the PAF’s place among the well-regarded air arms of the world. ‘Flight’ , an international aviation magazine of great credibility and reputation, published an article praising PAF for the exceptional world record.
In 1965, Gp Capt Zafar Masud became a war hero for his courageous leadership as commander of Pakistan’s key air base at Sargodha. The team of officers and men under Masud fought with skill, discipline and confidence and punished IAF in combat zones and assisted in halting the Indian Army from Sialkot to Kasur.
The Indian authors, Pushpindar Singh, Ravi Rikhye & Peter Steinemann in their book ‘Fizaya’ have acknowledged the role played by PAF commanders in thwarting way.
The post war analysis of the war reflected that 33 IAF attacks on Sargodha caused negligible damage only. The IAF was defeated in the battle for Sargodha and lost the battle for air superiority and the urge to fight the PAF in the air.
As commanding Officer of the most important operational station of the Pakistan Air Force, Group Captain Muhammad Zafar Masud showed great qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and organizing ability in the conduct of air operations against the enemy. On the day and night of 7th Sep, 1965 in particular, when the enemy made five successive attacks, the determination with which the whole station faced the attacks and heavy damage inflicted by its fighters on the enemy aircraft clearly indicated the high morale and professional efficiency achieved by the station personnel under the command of Group Captain Masud. For his contribution during the war, Group Captain Muhammad Zafar Masud was awarded HJ.
By the late 1960s, Masud , now an Air Cdre, was widely respected and regarded as probable future Air Force Chief. In April 1970, he was assigned to Dacca as the top PAF Commander.
One of the PAF’s most courageous leaders, Air Cdre M Zafar Masud breathed his last on 7 Oct 2003 due to a cardiac arrest. The great warrior, epitome of leadership was laid to rest with full military honours at PAF graveyard in Chaklala.
Air Marshal Malik Nur Khan Awan awarding Sitara-e-Jurat to Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Tariq Habib Khan after September 1965 war.
Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Tariq Habib Khan was one of the pilots who struck the enemy airfield at Kalaikunda in the first strike mission against the enemy from East Pakistan.
He flew three operational sorties and many other Air Defence missions and carried out these missions most courageously with success against heavy odds at great risk and in complete disregard for his personal safety. In one of these sorties, he engaged 4 Indian Air Force Hunters thus diverting their attention from other Pakistan Air Force aircraft who were attacking the enemy airfield.
Later, he himself managed to evade the Indian Air Force aircraft and returned to base safely in a crippled aircraft. During all these operations, he destroyed three Canberra's and one C-119 on the ground and one Hunter in the air. Flight Lieutenant Tariq carried out all his missions with determination, courage and at great personal risk. For his act of bravery and devotion to duty,
Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Tariq Habib Khan is awarded Sitara-e-Jurat.
Flight Lieutenant Yusuf Ali Khan of the 11 Sqn "Arrows", who recovered his Sabre after getting 30mm hits from Keelor's Gnat near Chhamb,
on 03/09/65. ten days later, it was payback time - Yusuf downed a Gnat of the "Winged Arrows", flown by Flt Lt Arvind Kale. awarded the SJ.