ISLAMABAD: After the annual celebration of the Defence Day, Pakistan Air Force day is being observed across the country today. The force played a key role during Indo-Pak War of 1965.
Pakistan Air Force celebrates September 7 as the PAF Day to pay tribute to the martyrs of PAF that played a key role in defending the country in the 1965 war.
Pak Air Force Day that is also called as Youme-e-Fizaya is celebrated as a national day every year in September 7. The notable hero of PAF during 1965 War was Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmmod Alam (M.M Alam) that shoot down five Indian Air Force Hawker Hunter Mk. 56 fighters in less than a minute, four being in first 30 seconds and became one of the few aviators who became ace in a day and the only jet age ace in a day. M.M Alam was awarded with Sitare-e-Jurat and Bar for his actions.
Many events will be organised today including flag hoisting, parade, military exhibitions, award ceremonies, singing patriotic songs, entertainment, military programmes and speeches.
Heroes of Indo-Pak War 1965:
During September 1965 War with India, flying in his F-86 Sqn Ldr M M Alam displayed exemplary skill and bravery shooting down five enemy aircraft. For this unparalleled act of dauntless courage, he was awarded a bar to Sitara-i-Jurat. He rose to the rank of Air Cdre
On 7 September, 1965, Sqn Ldr Shabbir Syed led a flight of four F-86s on two separate strike missions against Kalaikunda, during which he and his flight destroyed on the ground ten Canberra light bombers and two unidentified enemy aircraft. In the ensuing aerial combat, Sqn Ldr Shabbir destroyed one enemy Hunter. For displaying exceptional flying skill and outstanding valour he was awarded Sitara-i-Jurat. He later rose to the rank of Air Marshal, and retired as Vice Chief of the Air Staff.
On 1 September, 1965 Sqn Ldr Sarfraz Rafiqui shot down two Indian Vampires in Kashmir. On 6 September he led a formation of three F-86s against Halwara. In the ensuing battle, his guns jammed after shooting one Hunter. Still, he refused to leave the battle area, providing cover to his formation. He laid down his life in an outstanding display of courage against overwhelming odds. For his bravery and selfless leadership he was awarded both Sitara-i-Jurat and Hilal-i-Jurat.