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  • Bangladeshi Fighter Ace Saiful Azam!!

    Bangladeshi Fighter Ace of India_Pak and Arab-Israeli Wars

    Group Captain. Saiful Azam, from Bangladesh, holds awards for gallantry in aerial combat from Pakistan, Jordan, and Iraq!

    Bangladeshi’s should be proud of his outstanding and courageous exploits.

    Saiful Azam

    Azam was born in 1941 in Pabna, (the then) India, and, as a young boy, lived in Calcutta. In 1947, his family moved east to the area that became part of predominately Muslim East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). In 1955, he went to West Pakistan and attended high school until 1958, when he entered the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Cadet College. Graduating in 1960, he was commissioned as a pilot officer in the PAF.

    He trained in the Cessna T-37 and then travelled to Luke AFB, Arizona, for an advanced fighter course in the North American F-86 Sabre. He returned to East Pakistan and flew the Sabre jet until 1963.

    Aerial Combat Exploits

    1965 War

    During the September 1965 war with India, Azam was flying Sabres in No. 17 Squadron from PAF Base Sargodha. After successfully executing a ground attack strike, his formation was ‘bounced’ by Indian Air Force fighter’s. In the ensuring fight, Azam shot down one of the two attackers, a Folland Gnat, and earned his first victory. His victim, Flight Officer. V. Mayadev, thankfully ejected safely to become a POW.

    For this exploit Saiful Azam was awarded the Sitara-I-Jurat, united Pakistan’s Distinguished Flying Cross.

    1967 Arab-Israeli War

    In late 1966, he became an advisor to the Royal Jordanian Air Force and flew as a ‘volunteer’ in a Hawker Hunter with No. 1 Royal Jordanian Squadron (RJAF). During the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, he again distinguished himself in the air.

    . On 5 June 1967, his flight of four Hawker Hunter fighter’s engaged Israeli Dassault Super Mysteres jet’s attacking RJAF Mafraq, the major Jordanian air base. Azam shot one down and sent another smoking towards Israel.

    Two days later, on 7 June 1967, the Israelis struck H-3, an air base in western Iraq. Azam, this time flying an Iraqi Hunter, scored two further victories. During the Israeli attack, he first downed a Dassault Mirage III and, moments later, downed a Sud-0uest Vautour bomber.

    His formation had first intercepted an Israeli formation of Four Vautours and Two Mirage IIIs. One of the Mirage IIIs was flown by Israeli Capt. Gideon Dror. Dror shot down Azam's Wingman, but himself fell to Azam's Guns. Dror ejected safely to be taken as a POW. Moments later, Azam intercepted the formation of four Vautour Bombers and bought down one of them flown by Israeli Capt. Golan, who ejected.

    Source: ACIG Air Combat Publications and Airforce archives.

    Saiful Azam’s Exploits in Perspective

    Considering the widely acknowledged skill and success of Israeli pilots, Azam’s three confirmed victories merit great praise. His tally has a range of kills including the enviable credit of a Mach 2 Mirage III Fighter. Truely a gifted and superior pilot. Arguably the most successful fighter pilot from the Subcontinent.

    In fact, considering the abysmal display of the ineffectually trained and led Arab pilot’s in the Arab-Israeli conflict’s, it is possible that Bangali Azam was the highest scoring Muslim pilot flying on the Arab side in the 1967 Six Day War!!

    Link to picture of Azam:

    Military Decorations

    For his outstanding actions, he received Jordan’s Husame Isteqlal and Iraq’s Medal of Bravery, the Noth-es-Shuja. He returned to East Pakistan in 1969 and became a flight commander in a squadron flying the Shenyang F-6. Next, Azam became a flight commander at the PAF Fighter Leader’s School.

    Post Independence

    Being a Bangali, Saiful Azam did not fly in 1971. When East Pakistan gained independence as Bangladesh, he became Director of Flight Safety, and, later, Director of Operations for the newly formed Bangladesh Biman Bahini (Air Force). In 1977, he became Wing Commander and Base Commander of the BAF base at Dhaka.

    After retiring as a group captain, in the 1980s, Azam twice served as Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority. He was also Managing Director of the Film Development Corporation. A member of Bangladesh’s Parliament from 1991 to 1996, he is now Managing Director, Natasha Trading Agency, Limited, trading in aircraft and other equipment. He also directs a travel agency and with his wife, Nishat, has three children.

    Note: In fact successful fighter pilot’s of the old Pakistani Air Force tended to be of Bangali origin eg. Wing Commander. MM. Alam and Sarfaraz Rafiqui, from Kushtia and Rajshahi respectively.

    Wow, what do you guys think?

    I don’t think he is known widely in Bangladesh. Although he was certainly one of the most gifted in his field.

    'Victory forgives all and defeat nothing'.

  • #2
    Re: Aces High - Bangali Hero of the air

    woh ASB very interesting.........
    good to hear about the guy....and great news for us on our roots side of things........
    pat on the bac for fighter Saiful Azam.....
    Once upon a time there lived an object called peace where babies due to lak ov food did not become do we get bak to dis settin free turtle do we get bak to dis the human race MUSLIM love...

    "Miss Outlaw..." - Outlawz 2nd Generation............


    • #3
      Re: Re: Aces High - Bangali Hero of the air

      That was interesting. he flew his planes all over the world . my daddy says biman bangladesh piolt are good. so the military pilot must be in the best.

      samya hi, you b bengali giril?? Thought u were pakistani you speak there language too good. So were are you from ?


      • #4

        Rini, you're initial assessment was correct. Samya is in fact part Pakistani and part Noakali if I'm not mistaken.

        Yeah, Bangali's do tend to make good combat piolt's. I mean 3 Israeli kills is a great achievement. Especially as the Arab air forces were decimated early in the conflict by a brilliantly planned and executed premptive strike by the Israeli air force.

        'Victory forgives all and defeat nothing'.


        • #5
          hey I confused . Are you really a pakistani or bengali samya? let me know.

          what was a bengali guy doing in arab country anyway lo



          • #6
            Salaam Rini......
            ha ha Noakhali.......
            Don't listen 2 ASB .....his jus got an youngself wiv a child head.......tryin to do raybari..carry on ASB....
            nah sis I'm Bangali Muslim.........
            but know me as a mumin first.......
            har basha samaj sakta hoon, lekin dil ki basha mein toot jaraha hoon.......
            so where r u old r u.....
            keep smiling sis.........
            Once upon a time there lived an object called peace where babies due to lak ov food did not become do we get bak to dis settin free turtle do we get bak to dis the human race MUSLIM love...

            "Miss Outlaw..." - Outlawz 2nd Generation............


            • #7
              FYI------reclaiming our own

              History of aviation in Bangladesh
              Capt. A Muzaffar
              The pioneer aviator from Bangladesh was Indra Lal Roy from a zeminder family of Barisal during British Raj in India. He is known to be the first Indian to become a pilot. Having obtained the Baliol Scholarship, while studying in the Oxford University in England he joined the Royal Flying Corps in the flying branch. He obtained King's Commission in October 1917. Indra Lal Roy was posted in France with the 56 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps during World War- I between Germany and France. England joined in favour of France. While out on a combat sortie in the month of December 1917 Indra Lal was shot down by the Germans in "No Man's Land" between German and British lines in France. He was picked up by British troops and sent to British Military Hospital in France in unconscious condition. There he was taken as dead and sent to the mortuary. Miraculously he recovered consciousness while lying with the dead soldiers. After several months, on declaring fit for flying, he was posted again to No. 40 Squadron for combat operations in France. From 6th to 18th July 1918, in those 13 days he shot down no less than 9 German fighter aircraft before he was shot down and was killed. For his achievement he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C ). He was the first Bangladeshi Indian to receive this highest flying medal.

              Long after the First World War, resolution was taken in a committee, proposed by Motilal Nehru and M.A. Jinnah for formation of an Indian Air Force. In the Legislative Assembly of India an Act was passed to form an Indian Air Force in 1932. During the Second World War Bangladeshi pilot Wing Commander Majumdar did command the No. 1 Squadron of Indian Air Force in the Burma front in 1942. He received the D.F.C. for his gallantry in the Aerial Combat in Burma. In the first Indian Air Force six officers were selected in April 1933, one of them was Subroto Mukherjee from Pabna, Bangladesh later on he became the Commander-in-Chief of I.A.F as Air Marshal.
              After the end of Second World War 21 air companies were formed with the war surplus transport aircraft C-47 or DC 3 (Dakota of Douglas Company, USA). Out of them 13 companies were issued with operating licence. One of them was Orient Airways formed by M.M. Ispahani. On partition of India Orient Airways was transferred to Karachi-Pakistan. Later on the company was taken over by the Government of Pakistan and named Pakistan International Airlines.
              The East Pakistan Flying Club was formed in October, 1948, by some enthusiastic Bangladeshi officers of the then East Pakistan Govt., namely M.A, Jabbar Dy. Chief Engineer C & B, M.H. Khan, DIG, police. and Kafiluddin Ahmed, Superintendent Engineer, PWD. After registration as private limited company M.A. Jabbaar went to the Patna Flying Club and requested Mia Rashid Ahmed who was Chief Instructor of Patna Flying Club, to come to Dhaka and form the Flying Club in Dhaka. Rashid Ahmed had his flying instructor's and aircraft engineer's licence from A.S.T. Hamble in U.K. He became O.B.E (Officer of the Order of the British Empire ) for training maximum number of Air Force pilots during Second World War. He was a British citizen, also had his Pakistani citizenship. Almost all the P.I.A. and P.A.F. pilots from the then East Pakistan had their basic flying training from the East Pakistan Flying Club.
              Biman Bangladesh Airlines was formed on 4th January, 1972 just 20 days after independence. Biman inherited about 2500 experienced airline personnel in the different branches from PIA. There were about 30 pilots out of whom 10 were Boeing 707 commanders with International route cleared. There were a good number of Aircraft Engineers, ground handling officers and staff, marketing officers and assistants as well as experienced cabin crew with the position of chief pursers operating in the international routes of PIA. But at that time Biman had no aircraft, no ancillary facilities nor any engineering installations. Biman received one old DC-3 from Indian Air Force, which crashed not long after during a training flight. In March, 1972 two F-27-200 ( 40-seat Turbo Prop ) aircraft were received from Indian Airlines under credit from Indian Govt. In Oct/Nov, 1972 two F27-600 were received under grant from the Govt. of Netherlands. In April/May 1973, two F27-200 were received as gift from the Govt. of Australia. In November,1973 Biman cash-purchased two F27-600 from Fokker Company Holland. In December, 1973 the first Boeing 707-320C was cash-purchased from Temple Wood Aviation, U.K, an aircraft broker company.
              Now Biman has six DC10-30 aircraft ( two on lease), four Airbus A310-300 ( two on lease ), three F-28 twin jet and 2 BAe ATP ( not in operation ). Biman is now flying to 26 international destinations across three continents. n
              The information about Indian Air Force are from the Book "Civil Aviation in India" by Capt. Mustfa Anwar, eldest son of Poet Golam Mutafa. Capt Anwar was a very senior Idian Airlines Captain. He was senior Viscount Captain in the the Idian Airline. Earlier he was Chief Instructor Pilot of Barakpur Flying Club near Calcutta during Second World War.
              Source: The Independent


              • #8
                FYI-------reclaiming our own

                NOTE 2-----Bengali Top Gun
                When the war began, Roy was attending school in England. In July 1917, he joined the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to 56 Squadron on 30 October 1917. A member of "A" Flight under Richard Maybery, Roy crashed his S.E.5a (B567) on the morning of 6 December and was injured. When he recovered, he was sent back to England for remedial training. Despite concerns that he was medically unfit to fly, he was reassigned to 40 Squadron under George McElroy on 19 June 1918. Upon his return to the front, the nineteen year old was credited with ten victories in just over 170 hours of flight time. On the morning of 22 July 1918, three days after scoring his final victory, the only Indian ace of the war was killed in action when his plane went down in flames over Carvin during a dogfight with the Fokker D.VIIs of Jasta 29.

                NOTE3-----------Bengali Top Gun
                Indra Lal Roy (1898-1918) was India's only officially accredited air ace of the First World War, achieving ten 'kills' prior to his death in action in July 1918.
                Born in Calcutta on 2 December 1898 Roy was educated in England and was attending St. Paul's School in Kensington (since 1911) when war broke out in August 1914, then aged just 15.
                In April 1917 Roy enlisted with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and was given a commission as 2nd Lieutenant on 5 July 1917. Within a week Roy was training at Vendrome. Gunnery practice at Turnberry followed before he was assigned to 56 Squadron at the end of October 1917.
                Roy suffered an early setback when his S.E.5a crash-landed on 6 December 1917. Following a spell of recuperation - during which time he occupied himself sketching aeroplanes, many of which have survived - Roy underwent further remedial training in England. Nevertheless pronounced medically unfit Roy was successful in getting the verdict reversed before returning to France on 19 June 1918.
                Assigned to George McElroy's 40 Squadron "Laddie" Roy amassed ten air victories (two shared) in a short period from 6-19 July, including three in a single day in under four hours, 8 July. Three days following his last victory, on 22 July 1918, Roy was killed in action, shot down in flames in the skies above Carvin while fighting German Fokker D.VII aircraft belonging to Jasta 29.
                Roy was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in September 1918. To this date he remains the sole Indian air ace.

                NOTE 4----------Bengali Top Gun
                Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee
                August 1940, Daur Valley, NWFP. An Army Post was under intense attack by the Frontier tribesmen. The post had almost exhausted its ammunition in repulsing the numerous attacks. The Army soldiers knew that if they were not reinforced soon, the post would be overrun, with disastrous consequences for the defenders. When another attack came, two Hawker Harts appeared on the scene. The Harts strafed and repulsed the tribesmen. By now the defenders had exhausted their ammunition. The tribesmen were like vultures to the prey, they knew the Harts could not stay in the air forever defending the post. Sooner or later they will fly back to base and the post will be overrun. The defenders and the pilots knew it too. Then the pilot in the lead aircraft had an ingenious idea. He instructed his air gunner to remove his socks...and stuff them with the ammunition from the Lewis machine gun mounted in the rear cockpit of the Hart. The Hart swooped down low over the besieged post and the bullets-stuffed socks were dropped down at the post. The soldiers grateful at the sudden turn of the events managed to use the ammunition to beat back yet another attack. Allowing enough time for another aircraft to reach the picket and drop another 800 rounds to the soldiers below. The pilots and the aircraft saved the day.
                The Harts were from No.1 Indian Air Force Squadron, and the pilot was none other than the commander of the squadron, Squadron Leader Subroto Mukherjee, the first Indian ever to command a flight and a squadron. Mukherjee's ingenuity saved the day for the soldiers on the ground. No wonder this young pilot rose in the annals of the air force and became the first Indian Chief of Air Staff of the free India's Air Force.
                Mukherjee was one of the six recruits selected for training at RAF Cranwell, when the decision to give commissions in the RAF to Indians was taken. After training at Cranwell, Mukherjee and four other officers were inducted as pilots when the first Indian Air Force Squadron was formed on 1 April 1933. Mukherjee served with the squadron as Pilot Officer for sometime, In July 1938, was put in command of 'B' flight of the No.1 IAF Squadron in the rank of Flying Officer. Mukherjee became the first Indian Officer to command a Squadron when he took over No.1 on 16 March 1939. After converting to the Hawker Hart , the Squadron now moved to Miranshah in the NWFP. It was here that Mukherjee led the Squadron into action against the tribals of the NWFP.
                When the war broke out in the East, Mukherjee was in the Air HQ as a Wing Commander. He served in various staff assignments during the war and for his services, during World War 2, Mukhejee was given the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1944. At the time of Independence, Mukherjee was the senior most Air Commodore serving with the IAF. The only other Air Commodores being Air Commodore Mehar Singh and Air Commodore Narendra.
                On 15 August 1947, when India achieved Independence, the armed forces too became independent forces. They were no longer under the British Army or the King, However as there was a lack of senior officers, it was decided to put serving British Officers as Commanders. Accordingly Air Marshal Sir Thomas Elmhurst became the Air Force Chief. Air Commodore Mukherjee was promoted to Air Vice Marshal and posted as the Deputy Chief of Air Staff at Air HQ. Mukherjee served as the Vice Chief for over 6½ years. Working under three different British Chiefs helped him groom himself for the top post.
                On 1 April 1954, Mukherjee took over from Air Marshal Gerald Gibbs as the Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. At that time he was just about 43 years old. Upon him fell the task of reequipping and restructuring the Air Force with Newer aircraft and equipment. Under his tenure, the Air Force inducted a variety of state of art aircraft. The Dassault Mystere, the Hawker Hunter, the BAe Canberra and even the Folland Gnat was inducted during his tenure.
                Mukherjee took care to see that even the personnel and human resources planning and development received much attention. His task was commendable for he had to deal with the post independence non-violence driven defence policy. And to make his task tough, he had to deal with the then Defence Minister, V.K. Krishna Menon, who was well known for his stubbornness and intolerance towards the service chiefs. Mukherjee had a non-controversial and dignified role as Chief.
                In November 1960, Air India International airlines made its first Inaugural flight to the city of Tokyo, Japan. Mukherjee accompanied with other IAF Officers were on this flight. The officers stayed back at Tokyo for some days. On 8 November 1960, Mukherjee accompanied by one of his friends from the IN went for dinner at a Tokyo Restaurant. While having dinner, Mukherjee choked on the food which blocked his air passage. In minutes he was dead. A tragic and needlessly unnecessary death that took away one of the pioneers of Indian Aviation in the prime of his life. Mukherjee was hardly forty nine years old when he died.
                He was cremated with full military honours and the air force flew a flypast of forty-nine aircraft. One each for each year of his life. Mukherjee's death was much mourned in the Indian Air Force. He was genuinely loved and respected by all ranks. Subroto Mukherjee had a very special place reserved in the hearts of every air force man at that time.

                NOTE 5-----------Bengali Top Gun
                Wg. Cdr. Karun Krishna Majumdar, gave the fledgling Indian Air Force its first war hero in World War 2. A born leader, and a daredevil of a pilot, somewhat reckless to his friends, Majumdar was the only pilot in the IAF to be decorated with a Bar to the DFC. Majumdar would have been destined to reach the topmost position in the Indian Air Force, that of the Chief of Air Staff, if fate has not decided to intervene.
                Majumdar, popularly called as "Jumbo" started his flying career after training at RAF Cranwell. On commissioning he joined No.1 Squadron as Flying Officer in the Mid 1930s. Flying a variety of aircraft, first the Wapiti, then on to the Hart. He was quickly identified as leadership potential and very soon was put as Flight Commander of 'C' Flight of the No.1 Squadron. Promoted to Squadron Leader, Majumdar took over command of the No.1 Squadron in June 1941, when it was based at Miranshah, NWFP. The squadron after its conversion to Westland Lysanders in August 1941 was moved to Drigh Road for training. At the onset of the hostilities after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and Malaya, Jumbo Majumdar and his command were put to test immediately. The No.1 IAF Squadron was posted to Burma.
                The Squadron was reached Toungoo airfield on 1 Feb 1942. The Japanese Air Force attacked Toungoo the very next day, destroying allied airfield installation and aircraft, only the No.1 Squadrons aircraft were unscathed. Majumdar immediately planned a retaliatory raid on the Japanese airfield at Mae-Haungsan, from where the attackers took off. Even though the Lysander was an Army Cooperation type, its employement in offensive bombing missions was unheard off.
                The next day, when Majumdar took off in a solitary Lysander armed with two 250 lbs. bombs, the New Zealanders of the No.67 RAF Squadron which was sharing Toungoo, in sheer admiration and respect for this young Indian who was taking on the Japanese, sent an escort of two Buffalo fighters to the Lysander. Majumdar flew at low level, almost skimming tree tops to achieve complete surprise at the Japanese airfield. He dropped his bombs with unerring accuracy on a aircraft hanger at the airfield, destroying it as well as the aircraft in the hanger.
                The very next day, Majumdar was in the thick of the action again, this time he led the whole squadron on a bombing mission on the airfield, destroying several buildings, wireless installations and aircraft on the ground. These lumbering Lysanders would have been no match to the Japanese Zeros and Oscars. But it was the Indian Pilots courage and skills that made them take such risks. From then till the fall of Rangoon in April, the Lysanders provided close air support work for the Army. Finally withdrawing after handing over their Lysanders to the Burmese Air Force.
                Jumbo was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his leadership of the squadron during the Burma Campaign. Thus becoming the first Indian Officer to be so decorated during World War 2. After spending two years in India in various staff and flying assignments, Majumdar returned to the front. Now a Wing Commander, he volunteered for a posting to No.268 RAF Squadron flying Spitfires during the allied invasion of Europe. His role in reconnoitering the Falise-Gap sector and other areas earned him further laurels.
                On his return from Europe, Majumdar was awarded a Bar to his DFC in January 1945, again the first and the only Indian to be so decorated. He then participated in the Indian Air Force Display Flight, and toured the country conducting aerobatic shows and displays to attract and bring to the public notice, the Indian Air Force's exploits. The aerobatic sessions were much demanding on the pilots, which required plenty of practice flying and rehearsal sessions.
                It was on 17 February 1945, Majumdar decided to do an aerobatic practice sortie in a Hawker Hurricane. The aircraft he chose had a previous history of snags and problems, and disregarding the advice of his friend and compatriot, Fg. Off. Harjinder Singh, (later AVM), Majumdar took to the skies in the Hurricane. In the midst of the aerobatic routines which involved a dive, one of the undercarriage legs, unlocked itself from the wheel well and deployed down, upsetting the aircraft's stability. The Hurricane stalled and crashed headlong into the ground, killing Majumdar instantaneously. Majumdar died as he wanted to live, carefree, daring and at the controls doing what he wanted to, fly to his heart's content.

                NOTE 6----------------Bengali Top Gun

                Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Ghulam Tawab
                THE END OF A LEGEND
                The OBITUARY of a former PAF pilot who went on to become
                Chief of Air Staff Bangladesh Air Force

                'Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Ghulam Tawab (Retired), the legendary fighter pilot of 1965 Indo-Pak War breathed his last in Munich on 23 February, 1999.........
                'Born in Sylhet on July 1, 1930, Tawab was commissioned with the 9th GD(P) course as a pilot officer in the PAF. He graduated from PAF College Risalpur on September 15,1951. After fighter conversion and a short stint in a fighter squadron, he was posted as flying instructor at PAF College Risalpur.
                'After two years tenure there he was posted back to a Fury fighter squadron. Flying instruction is a demanding job, but Tawab excelled at it. Tawab was a popular and well liked instructor and fighter pilot. In time he became a fighter ace, and made an effective contribution in the grooming of the group of fighter pilots who defeated the Indian Air Force and blunted Indian land offensives in the 1965 war. Tawab was a fighter leader of a high calibre. It requires knowledge, regular study, high professional skills, leadership qualities like integrity, tact, composure, persistence and patience to be accepted as a leader of top notch professionals. Tawab's integrity, devotion to duty, hard work and loyalty endeared him to his superiors and subordinates. It is for this reason that he will be remembered with affection and respect long after his departure.
                'He was one of the first PAF pilots to undergo jet conversion and the T-33 (T-bird) Jet-Transition Instructor's Course with the USAF in Germany in early 1956. He had the rare distinction of being posted as a Instructor Pilot at the USAF Base at Fursten Feldbruk near Munich, Germany. It was here that he met and married Henrietta.
                'Tawab went on to do the Day Fighter Combat Leader Course at UK and was posted as Chief Instructor at the Fighter Leader's School, where he was to train and groom numerous fighter pilots.....
                'Tawab had a very bright career in the Pakistan Air Force. Had the 1971 war not taken place, Tawab was destined to be considered for the top slot in the PAF. He could have been the first Bengali who may have become Chief of the Air Staff PAF. His high profile professional career proves it. Between 1957 and 1971 he held command of No 11 and 14 (Dhaka) front line PAF fighter squadrons. He was the chief instructor at the PAF Fighter Leader School.
                'In recognition of his high professional expertise Tawab was given command of PAF's No 32 Fighter Wing in 1963, which he completed with distinction. After graduating from the PAF Staff College Tawab held key appointments at Air Headquarters PAF including Director of Projects and Director of Flight Safety. He was Director of Flight Safety before and during the 1965 war. Tawab was Base Commander PAF Base Kohat before the 1971 war.
                'Seeing the clouds of war in 1965 on the horizon Tawab volunteered to fly operational combat missions. He was attached to No 19 Squadron. Despite his seniority he flew 24 F-86 Sabre combat missions which included sixteen air defence sorties and eight ground attack missions. He was in the strike formation which bombed Srinagar airfield and Jammu radar during the 1965 war.
                'His citation approved by C-in-C PAF reads as follows, 'Wing Commander Mohammad Ghulam Tawab started taking part in operations from the very first day the hostilities began. He provided top cover for the first strike against Pathankot. During the war he flew sixteen air defence missions and eight close support sorties. He took part in the bombing of Srinagar airfield and Jammu radar. He was responsible for the destruction of ten enemy tanks and twenty vehicles. Such active participation in operations set an excellent example for all the fighter pilots at Peshawar. Wing Commander Mohammad Ghulam Tawab is therefore awarded Sitara-i-Jurat'.
                'During the 'text book attack' on Pathankot airfield, Tawab flying one of the two top cover Sabres counted fourteen fires burning i.e. the destruction of 14 IAF Mig-21's and Mystere fighters. Tawab had an intuitive and alert mind. During a recce mission on 3rd Sept 65 he reported heavy concentration of India armour for a major offensive towards Chawinda. This report helped Pakistan Army to deploy its armour in time to crush the India armour offensive.
                'After 1971, Group Captain M G Tawab left for Germany. He was later invited by the Government of Bangladesh and given the command of the fledgling Bangladesh Air Force in the rank of Air Vice Marshal...........

                Article from Defence Journal, a Pakistani defence and security monthly

                NOTE 7-----------Bengali Top Gun

                Rajshahi born Sarfraz Ahmed Rafiqui

                " On 6th September, 1965, Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmed Rafiqui led a formation of three F-86 aircraft on a strike against Halwara airfield. Soon after crossing the Indian border Squadron Leader Rafiqui had been warned about a large number of enemy interceptors being in the air by the leader of a returning F-86 formation. He, however, continued his mission single-mindedly. On the way back, the formation was intercepted by about ten Hunter aircraft out of which Squadron Leader Rafiqui accounted for one in the first few seconds. After Squadron Leader Rafiqui shot down one Hunter aircraft, his guns jammed due to a defect and stopped firing upon which he refused to leave the battle area as he would have been perfectly justified to do; he, instead ordered his No. 2 to take over as leader and continue the engagement with the enemy. He himself now took up a defensive position in the formation in an attempt to give it as much protection as was possible by continuing fighting maneuvers in unarmed aircraft whilst the remainder proceeded to give battle to the enemy. This called for a quality of courage and dedication on the part of Squadron Leader Rafiqui equal to the best in the history of air-fighting. The end for him was never in doubt. He chose to disregard it and in the process, his aircraft was shot down and he was killed but not without his action enabling his formation to shoot down three more Hunter aircraft. Squadron Leader Rafiqui thus provide exemplary leadership in battle and displayed outstanding courage in the face of exceptionally strong opposition. His inspiring leadership and selfless example significantly affected the subsequent course of the air war in which the PAF. never failed to dictate terms to an overwhelmingly larger and better equipped enemy. Squadron Leader Rafiqui's conduct was clearly beyond the call of duty and conformed to the highest tradition of leadership and bravery in battle against overwhelming odds. For this and his earlier exploits, he is posthumously awarded the Hilal-i-Juraat."

                NOTE 8---------- Bengali Top Gun

                Alauddin “Butch” Ahmed from Dhaka
                "Squadron Leader Alauddin Ahmed, lead his squadron in twenty combat missions against the Indian ground and air forces. His leadership throughout the operations was cool, courageous and most determined which inspired the greatest confidence amongst pilots of his formations and resulted in destruction of many Indian tanks and vehicles. In his last sortie, he attacked and blew up an important ammunition train at Gurdaspur rail-head in complete disregard of his personal safety. During this attack on September 13, his aircraft was damaged and was reported missing over enemy territory. Subsequently, it was confirmed that the officer died in this action. For his exemplary leadership, courage and valor, Squadron Leader Alauddin Ahmed is awarded the Sitara-i-Juraat."

                NOTE 9----------Bengali Top Gun
                MM Alam
                "On 6th September, 1965, during an aerial combat over enemy territory, Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam flying as pilot of an F-86 Sabre Jet, shoot down two enemy Hunter aircraft and damaged three others. For the exceptional flying skill and valor displayed by Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam in operations, he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat. On 7th September, 1965, in a number of interception missions flown by Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam against the enemy aircraft attacking Pakistan Air Force Station, Sargodha, Squadron Leader Alam destroyed five more enemy Hunter aircrafts. In less than a minute, which remains a record till today. Overall he had nine kills and two damagers to his credit. For the exceptional flying skill and valour shown by him in pressing home his attacks in aerial combats with the enemy, Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam is awarded a bar to his Sitara-i-Juraat."

                NOTE 10 --------Bengali Top Gun
                Pabna born saiful azam (cousin of current Bangladesh Air Force Chief Fakhrul Azam
                In 1965 as a young fighter pilot Flight Lieutenant Saiful Azam received the Sitara-i-Jurat, a gallantry award equivalent to our Bir Bikrom. The following is his citation.
                "Flight Lieutenant Saif-ul-Azam flew 12 ground-attack missions against the enemy in Sialkot, Wagha and Kasur Sector. In spite of heavy odd, he proved to be an extremely cool, calculating and aggressive fighter pilot. His spotting of the enemy's dug-in and well dispersed armor was most commendable and invariably resulted in success of missions. His own attacks were very well executed and were a source of inspiration to other members of the flights. On 19th September, 1965, in spite of bad radio-communication and having been separated from his formation , his qualities of aggressiveness and alertness earned him an Indian Gnat Fighter. For his exceptional flying, courage, alertness and devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Saif-ul-Azam is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat."


                • #9
                  Note: In fact successful fighter pilot’s of the old Pakistani Air Force tended to be of Bangali origin eg. Wing Commander. MM. Alam and Sarfaraz Rafiqui, from Kushtia and Rajshahi respectively.
                  These are just a couple of pilots barring Alam (he was bihari as he is cousin of my sister's friend and now lives in Karachi) of so many PAF pilots and support staff.


                  • #10
                    aah I remember this thread....
                    Once upon a time there lived an object called peace where babies due to lak ov food did not become do we get bak to dis settin free turtle do we get bak to dis the human race MUSLIM love...

                    "Miss Outlaw..." - Outlawz 2nd Generation............


                    • #11

                      You have anything to say, ma'am??


                      • #12
                        This guy was good Bangli alright... but trained by Pakistan!

                        Pakistani pilots fly in almost every middle eastern countries till date.

                        UAE, Saudia, etc. all have Pakistani pilots. Pakistan has also stationed troops in Saudi Arabia.

                        Pakistan even trains Bangladesh, Middle Eastern, and Europeans in many fields of warfare, including naval and airforce!

                        Something to be proud off! Pakistan trains the U.S in high altitude warfare!


                        • #13
                          plinka bhai, did u know (according to the Parveen Kumar, writer of Textbook of Clinical Medicine) tha Pakistanis have the smallest penises in the world, second only to Chinese


                          • #14

                            The Pakistani airforce of the era received it’s training from the US, along with it’s US-built F-86 Sabre fighters. Amongst the US team sent to train Pakistani pilots was one Chuck Yeager, the test pilot who broke the sound barrier in the X-1. Despite better training and equipment (the Indian’s relying on Soviet MiG’s), overall victory in the 1965 war proved elusive.

                            As for Pakistani training of Arab airforces…we now know who to blame for their dire performances against Israel.

                            The Pakistani airforce lacks modern aircraft (even neutral Bangladesh has it’s handful of MiG-29’s), true BVR capability, AWAC’s, refuelling and adequate ground support. I doubt that the Arab’s would require the services of Pakistani aircrew, in preference to Western personnel. Besides, the US would never agree to Pakistani pilots getting airtime and experience on modern US fighters. If the US doesn't want to sell F-16 aircraft to Pakistan, it's hardly going to tolerate Pakistani aircrew flying them for other countries, is it? The Arab’s generally dance to Uncle Sam’s tune and would be loath to cross one of their chief suppliers of arms, personnel and training.

                            While it’s true that some Pakistani personnel do work as ground-crew in Arab countries, they do so in order to benefit from better pay and conditions. But Bangladesh also stations some four thousand troops in Kuwait. It’s nothing to be proud of. A countries soldiers should be stationed at home, in order to protect it’s own citizens. Not stationed abroad for financial reasons.

                            As for M.M. Alam, it is true that he is a Bihari. However, Alam’s claim to fame is clouded in controversy. Particularly his claim of 7th September, 1965, to have destroyed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute no less! There was no corroboration of his claims to kills either from evidence of downed wreckage or the IAF.

                            'Victory forgives all and defeat nothing'.


                            • #15

                              really they were all shameless with the smallest penis