7th September is known as Air force Day. The Air force along with the army and navy inflicted heavy damage to the Indian Armed Forces forcing them to retreat. MM Alam known as Little Dragon’s 1965 Heroics will continue to haunt them for generations to come. He shot down nine Indian fighter aircraft which is an unbeaten record till now, he was conferred Sitara-i-Jurat twice.
Air Commodore MM Alam used the single-seat F-86 Sabre to make the unbeaten record. He was born on 6 July 1935 in Bengal. His family had migrated to East India (now Bangladesh) after the partition. After the fall of Dhaka, his family moved to Karachi.
He joined the Air force in 1956 and was posted in Sargodha during the 1965 war. He was one of the best and the finest fighter pilot in the history of the Pakistan Air force. His name is listed in the Hall of Fame in PAF Museum Karachi.
When he shot the five aircraft in 30 secs, it broke the Indian pilot’s back. They had never thought of such an attack. Continuing with this he also shot four more aircraft making a total of nine to his name. The Indian Prime Minister said, “Yesterday on September 1 PAF destroyed four IAF aircraft.” Later on, others joined him to give the most severe attack that the Indian air force would remember.
Four F-86 PAF aircraft flew from Sargodha at 5:30 am led by Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmood Alam himself, “Right after this formation, three more PAF aircraft reached the area for the same purpose. A military convoy of medium size Indian tanks was proceeding from Akhnoor towards Jourian. The formation of Squadron Leader Alam and Flight Lieutenant Younus Hussain launched a full-fledged attack on the Indian forces on the ground.”
Our falcons remained in the air for 30 minutes and destroyed four Indian tanks and 20 vehicles successfully. To keep a cover to the ground forces, four fighter squadrons along with two small units were deployed at the Sargodha base. As the Indian Army was busy with ground attacks from the northern side, No. 17 Squadron’s 10 Sabre aircraft under the leadership of Squadron Leader Waqar Azeem was sent from Manipur to Sargodha. The Indian army left the operation after the deadly attack by the Air force sabre aircraft.
We are proud of MM Alam’s 19654 heroics and his legacy has been carried out by the PAF when and where needed. Long Live Pakistan Air Force!!!!