Remembering PAF heroes on Air Force Day
Pakistan’s 55th Air Force Day is being celebrated to pay tribute to the martyrs from the PAF who sacrificed their lives in defending the country.
Dialogue Pakistan is paying tribute to the heroes of Pakistan air-force who sacrificed their lives with courage and honor poured into its foundations of the country.
In 2019, Wing Commander Muhammad Nouman Ali was conferred with Sitar-e-Jurat while Squadron Leader Hassan Mahmood Siddiqui was awarded with Tamgha-e-Shujaat for their bravery.
Youngest pilot officer to receive Nishan- e- Haider was Rashid Minhas. He was also the first recipient of the highest honor of gallantry for the Pakistan Air Force.
MM Alam shot 5 Indian jets in less than a minute, the first four within 30 seconds and established a world record that is still unbroken.
Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry was an academic, human rights activist, and veteran fighter pilot. As a flight lieutenant, he fought in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 and later, as a squadron leader, in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
During the 1965 war, Chaudhry and three other pilots, under the leadership of Wing Commander Anwar Shamim, attacked the Amritsar Radar Station in a difficult operation. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (Star of Courage) for his actions during that mission.
Air Vice-Marshal Eric Gordon Hall Hall served as the founding chairman of Pakistan’s Atomic Energy Commission and planned the dramatic adventure ‘Hercules Bomber’. He received the Hilal-e-Jurat, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, and Sitara-e-Jurat for his services.
Squadron Leaders of the Pakistan airforce that embraced martyrdom for the country are, Alauddin Ahmed – Sitara-e-Jurrat, Muhammad Iqbal – Sitara-e-Jurrat, Sarfraz Ahmed Rafiqui – Hilal-e-Jurrat, Muhammad Nasir Dar – Sitara-e-Basalat, Peter Christie – Sitara-e-Juraat.
Whereas the flight lieutenants of PAF who sacrificed their lives for Pakistan are, Saifullah Khan – Sitara-e-Juraat, Younus Hussain – Sitara-e-Juraat, Afzal Jamal Siddiqui – Sitara-e-Basalat, Ghulam Murtaza – Tamgha-e-Juraat, Fazal Elahi – Sitara-e-Juraat.