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FEATS OF COURAGE
     
 
Air Battle Near Nangaparbat
 
 
 
  04 November, 1948  
 
While returning in Dakota from an air supply mission to Skardu, Flying Officer Mukhtar Dogar was attacked by two IAF Tempest fighters. One of his crew member got martyred and the navigator was injured under the heavy enemy cannon fire. Dogar continued to evade the Indian fighters by flying down to the tree top level over the twisting Indus River in a narrow valley. He became the first recipient of Sitara-i-Jurat in PAF.
 
     
 
 
     
 
The First Blood, Rawalpindi
 
 
 
     
  10 April, 1959  
  The first pilot to shoot down an IAF aircraft was Flying Officer Younus. In his F-86F Saber, he shot down an Indian Canberra which was on a Photo Recce mission high over Rawalpindi on an Eid day.  
 
 
     
 
Strike on Pathankot
 
 
 
     
  6 September, 1965  
 
Eight F-86Fs of No 19 Squadron struck Pathankot airfield on 6 September 1965. With carefully positioned dives and selecting each individual aircraft in its protected pen for their strafing attacks, the strike elements completed a textbook operation against Pathankot. Wing Commander M G Tawab, flying one of the two Sabres as tied escorts overhead, counted 14 wrecks burning on the airfield. Most of the aircraft destroyed on the ground were the IAF’s Soviet-supplied Mig-21s received till then. None of them was seen again during the War. Tied escorts consisted of Wing Commander M G Tawab (later Air Marshal and Air Chief of Bangladesh Air Force) and Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami. Squadron Leader Sajjad Haider led the strike elements in this formation. Along with him were Flight Lieutenants M Akbar, Mazhar Abbas, Dilawar Hussain, Ghani Akbar and Flying Officers Arshad Chaudhry, Khalid Latif and Abbas Khattak (later Air Chief Marshal and CAS, PAF).
 
 
 
     
 
The Ace of Sargodha
 
 
 
     
  7 September,1965  
  Sqn Ldr M M Alam in his F-86F Saber, chasing one of the five hunters, he shot during the 65 war. Intercepting an attack of six Hawker Hunters on the morning of 7 September, Alam blew their “tail-end Charlie” with his Sidewinder. As the rest five Hunters broke left in front of Alam’s guns, he performed a well-documented feat of gunnery by shooting four of the Hunters in rapid succession destroying two and damaging two. So far, he remains the top scorer in the Indo-Pak Sub continent.
 
 
 
     
 
C-130 Hercules Bombing Indian Artillery, BRB Canal
 
 
 
     
  21 September, 1965  
 
The painting shows a C-130, piloted by Wing Commander Zahid Butt, on the night of 21 September 1965, during its bombing run over an Indian artillery regiment deployed along the BRB canal. More than 40 out of 72 heavy guns were completely destroyed, thus foiling Indian attempts to concentrate their heavy gunfire over the city of Lahore in the closing stages of the war.
 
 
 
     
 
Hunter Vs Mirages, 1967-Iraq
 
 
 
     
  7 June, 1967  
  Flight Lieutenant Saiful Azam, PAF, destroys an Israeli Mirage in Iraq. The painting shows his second encounter with Israelis in the Middle East, in which he is shown despatching one of the Mirages that were escorting the Israeli Vatour bombers. Moments later, he shot down one of the two escaping Vatour bombers, seen in desert camouflage flying at low altitude in the background. Two days earlier he had shot down an Israeli Super Mystere over Mafrak Air Base, Jordan. The officer was decorated with gallantry awards after the war both by Jordan and Iraq. He had already earned Sitara-i-Jurat during the 65 war when he shot down an Indian Gnat.  
 
 
     
 
Attack on Okha
 
 
 
     
  5 December, 1971  
 
During the night of 4 December 1971, Indian Osa missile boats attacked the Pakistan Navy, hitting a destroyer, PNS Khyber and a minesweeper, PNS Hafeez, to the southeast of Karachi. The Indian missile boats were a very serious threat not only to the Navy but also to other Pakistani ships in the Arabian Sea and in the Karachi harbour. Pakistan retaliated by causing extensive damage through a single B-57 attack on Indian naval base Okha. The bombs scored direct hits on fuel dumps, ammunition dump and the missile boats jetty. The missile boat attacks on Pakistani naval installations ceased thereafter. Flight Lieutenant Shabbir A Khan piloted the B-57 mission while Flight Lieutenant Ansar navigated it.
 
 
 
     
 
A Gnat is Shot
 
 
 
     
  14 December, 1971  
 
Flt Lt Saleem Beg Mirza was the leader of the escort section to a formation of four F-86s, striking Srinagar Air Base. Flg Off Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon in his Gnat tried to intercept the raid but was shot down by Flt Lt Saleem Beg. Flg Off Nirmaljit was credited by IAF for shooting two F-86s but in fact all the six F-86s, including both the escorts and the fighting elements, returned safely to Peshawar.
 
 
 
     
 
PAF Pilot Downs an Israeli Mirage, 1974- Syria
 
 
 
     
  26 April, 1974  
 
This is an encounter over Golan Heights between a Mig-21 of the Syrian Air Force picture and two Israeli Mirages. A Mirage is seen disintegrating after being hit by a missile while the Mig-21, flown by Flight Lieutenant Sattar Alvi, PAF, prepares to engage the second Mirage. An added feature of this engagement was that the Air Defence Controller, Sqn Ldr Saleem Metla was also a Pakistani. While leading a Mig-21 patrol along the border, Sqn Ldr Arif Manzoor, also of the PAF was apprised of the presence of two Israeli Phantom aircraft and was cautioned that these could be decoys while two other fast tracks approaching from the opposite direction might be the real threat. The latter turned out to be Mirages and a moment later Alvi, in Arif’s formation saw the No 2 Mirage breaking towards him. All this time, heavy radio jamming by Israeli ground stations was making things difficult but the Pakistani pilots were used to such tactics. Sattar forced the Israeli pair into close combat, firing his K-13 missile at the first opportunity. The Israeli wingman’s Mirage exploded into a ball of fire, while the leader quickly disengaged.
 
 
 
     
 
F-16 Destroys an Intruder
 
 
 
     
  17 May, 1986  
  Squadron Leader A Hameed Qadri of No 9 Multi Role F-16s Squadron watching the SU-22 which, being hit by his AIM-9L missile, has turned into a ball of fire. The encounter took place at 16,000 feet over Parachinar, during the Afghan War, 1979-1988.