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Shaheen posted a topic in Others20th August, During the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas was a Pilot in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Minhas, a newly commissioned officer of 1971 is the only PAF officer to receive the highest valour award, the Nishan-e-Haider (Mark Of The Lion). He is also the youngest person and the shortest-serving officer to have received this award only at the age of 20. "Having joined the air force, Minhas was commissioned on March 13, 1971, in the 51st GD(P) Course. He began training to become a pilot. On August 20 of that year, in the hour before noon, he was getting ready to take off in a T-33 jet trainer in Karachi, Pakistan. His second solo flight in that type of aircraft. Minhas was taxiing toward the runway when a Bengali instructor pilot, Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, signalled him to stop and then climbed into the instructor's seat. The jet took off and turned toward India. Minhas radioed PAF Base Masroor with the message that he was being hijacked. The air controller requested that he resend his message, and he confirmed the hijacking. Later investigation showed that Matiur Rahman intended to defect to India to join his compatriots in the Bangladesh Liberation War, along with the jet trainer. In the air, Minhas struggled physically to wrest control from Matiur Rahman; each man tried to overpower the other through the mechanically linked flight controls. Some 32 miles (51 km) from the Indian border, the jet crashed near Thatta. Both men were killed. Minhas was posthumously awarded Pakistan's top military honour, the Nishan-E-Haider, and became the youngest man and the only member of the Pakistan Air Force to win the award. Similarly, Rahman was honoured by Bangladesh with their highest military award, the Bir Sreshtho. Minhas's Pakistan military citation for the Nishan-E-Haider states that he "forced the aircraft to crash" in order to prevent Matiur Rahman from taking the jet to India." "After his death, Minhas was honoured as a national hero. In his memory the Pakistan Air Force base at Kamra was renamed PAF Base Minhas, often called Minhas-Kamra. In Karachi he was honoured by the naming of a main road, Rashid Minhas Road". Rashid Minhas (Martyred), 17 February 1951 - 20 August 1971. T-33 Jet trainers of the PAF Matiur Rahman, the Defecting pilot, (He was Rashid's flying Instructor) Rashid Minhas was Identified by his watch and his ID.
Shaheen posted a topic in OthersI'd thought this would be a very interesting topic to share with the forum unaware that Pakistani & Israeli pilots did battle each other in air to air combat. The Pakistani pilots were known as the 'Unsung heroes of the Arab-Israeli wars'. 5th June 1967, the Israeli's are bombarding the Syrian, Egyptian & Jordanian Air forces, the Arabs ask the Pakistanis for help, 16 PAF pilots volunteer and fly off. Fast roll back to the 6 day 1967 war. "Within 72 hours, (Pakistan's) Saiful Azam (alias "Master Of Migs) became the only fighter-pilot in the world to hold the record of shooting down three confirmed kills of Israeli aircraft in air-to-air combat and damaging one plane that crash landed, a record that still stands today". "All told, Pakistani Air Force pilots, in addition to Saiful Azam serving in Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Syria, in 1967 war, downed as many as 10 Israeli aircrafts without losing a single pilot or a single aircraft. Pakistan, moreover, provided the Arab states with numerous military advisors and pilots who also served in 1973 war with remarkable achievements. The Pakistani military also provided critical military restructuring and reevaluation especially to Jordan after the 1967 war". "During the 1973 war, for example Flt. Lt. A. Sattar Alvi became the first Pakistani pilot, flying a Syrian aircraft to shoot down an Israeli Mirage in air combat. Similarly and on the Egyptian front, PAF pilot Flt. Lt. M. Hatif , flying an Egyptian MiG-21 shot down an Israeli F-4 phantom in an air combat. Pakistani Air Force did not lose a single pilot or aircraft in any of the wars". "After the engagements, Flight Lieutenant Captain Sattar Alvi and Shahbaz formation leader Squadron Leader Major Arif Manzoor were awarded two of Syria's highest decorations for gallantry, the Wisaam Faris and Wisaam Shuja'at in 1973 by the President of Syria Hafez al-Assad in a public ceremony" "It is rather strange that the Pakistani contribution to Arab militaries is never mentioned in Arab culture let alone in official Arab histories of the war. Pakistan had a contingent of at least 16 pilots who served as volunteers in Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Iraq in 1967 and 1973 wars". Although PAF Pilots played a crucial part to help the Arabs, Israel still managed to keep All Arab air forces on the ground and Win all the wars. http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/08/01/229723.html "Flight Lt Sattar Alvi standing with a Mig-21" " MIg-21 Gun camera footage of an F4 Phantom moments before it was shot down by Flt. Lt. M. Hatif " "Saiful Azam remains the only fighter pilot who has flown for four air forces (Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq and Pakistan) at war, along with the unique distinction of having skills against two different air forces (India and Israel), United States Air Force honored Azam in 2000 and that Azam is "One of the twenty two 'Living Eagles' of the world"