Sir MM Alam
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1965 war hero, Sir MM Alam :(
Rest in peace Sir! May ALLAH
bless you with highest
place in Jannat - Aameen
You was the real Hero!
Air commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam (Urdu: Bengali: �(July 6, 1935 - March 18, 2013) was a retired Pakistani fighter pilot, North American F-86 Sabre Flying ace and one-star general who served with the Pakistan Air Force. Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmud Alam, Commander of No 11 Squadron, was already a notable leader and highly experienced pilot in 1965, when he was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat ("The star of courage"), a Pakistani military decoration, for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. In earning his decorations, Alam downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute — the first four within 30 seconds — establishing a world record. He also excelled in gunnery competition, a skill that without a doubt contributed greatly to his becoming the first and the only jet ace in one mission.
Alam's brothers are M. Shahid Alam, an economist and a professor at Northeastern University, and M. Sajjad Alam, a particle physicist at SUNY Albany.
His family moved to West Pakistan around 1971. Contrary to later accusations that also embittered him towards the establishment, ethnically Bihari Alam remained loyal to Pakistan and not to the newly created Bangladesh
Service with the Pakistan Air Force
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Main articles: Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and Indo-Pakistani Air War of 1965
Alam is well known for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 when he was posted at Sargodha. During this war he was involved in various dogfights while flying his F-86 Sabre fighter. Pakistani sources claim that he downed nine Indian fighters in air-to-air combat, including six Hawker Hunter fighters. In one mission on 7 September 1965, Alam downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the first four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record. Alam's confirmed kills are as follows:
� � September 6, 1965, 1× Hawker Hunter
� � � � Squadron Leader Ajit Kumar Rawlley, No. 7 Sqn, KIA near Tarn Taran.
� � September 7, 1965, 5× Hawker Hunters
� � � � Squadron Leader Onkar Nath Kacker, No. 27 Sqn, POW
� � � � Squadron Leader A B Devayya, No. 7 Sqn
� Squadron Leader Suresh B Bhagwat, No. 7 Sqn
� � � � Flight Lieutenant B Guha, No. 7 Sqn
� � � � Flying Officer Jagdev Singh Brar, No. 7 Sqn, KIA, near Sangla Hill.
� � September 16, 1965, 1× Hawker Hunter
� � � � Flying Officer Farokh Dara Bunsha, No. 7 Sqn, KIA, near Amritsar.
The Pakistan Air Force figures have been disputed by Indian sources which claim Alam made four kills, attributing one of the losses of Sqn Ldr Onkar Nath Kacker's aircraft to booster failure or some other cause including the possibility of ground fire. They also claim that gun camera footage of Alam's kills is yet to be made public and therefore some of the kills cannot be confirmed.
In 1967, Alam was transferred as the Squadron Commander of the first squadron of Dassault Mirage III fighters procured by the PAF. He was removed from staff college based on a false pretext in May 1969. In 1972, he commanded No. 26 Squadron for two months Retirement
In 1982, Alam retired as an Air commodore and took up residence in Karachi. Since retiring, Alam has become more deeply interested in religion.
M. M. Alam Road in Gulberg, Lahore, is named after him.
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