pilots of any nation could claim nine victories in three combats.
Fewer still could claim seven in two days.
Barely anyone could claim to have at least three jets destroyed within the space
of 30-40 seconds.
But Mohammad Mahmood Alam of Pakistan Air Force did it all in 1965 war!
Re-birth of Pakistan's
Record-holder Air Fighter as a Changed Man: Mohmammad M. Alam
The middle of the year
1965 was unquestionably the peak point of the Pakistan Air Force's 40-year history.
It brought into focus the fundamental character of this relentless air force
when faced, for the first time, with a full scale confrontation with its number
one enemy, the Indian Air Force.
Mohammad Mahmood Alam, who
was born in 1935 in the state of Bihar, Western Bengal, is so far the top scorer
fighter pilot of PAF. In the war of 1965, he shot down 9 Indian planes (5 in
one sortie) and damaged another 2. On 6th September, 1965, during an aerial
combat over enemy territory, Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam in an F-86
Sabre Jet, shot down two enemy Hunter aircraft and damaged three others. For
the exceptional flying skill and valor displayed by Squadron Leader Mohammad
Mahmood Alam, he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat [The Star of Courage]. On
7th September, 1965, Squadron Leader Alam is said to have destroyed five more
enemy Hunter aircrafts in less than a minute , which remains a record till today.
Overall he had nine kills and two damages to his credit. Click
here to read more...
One of the fastest aces
of all time was a participant in a short-lived border war between India and
Pakistan in 1965. Few fighter pilots of any nation could claim nine victories
in three combats. Fewer still could claim seven in two days. And it is doubtful
that anyone besides Mohammad Alam of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) can lay claim
to shooting down four enemy planes in less then one minute. That fighting record
should have assured an airman of Alam's proficiency a brilliant military career,
but Alam would give it all up as the consequence of a spiritual rebirth that
set him on a collision course with many of his senior officers. Mohammad Alam's
wartime exploits gained him international acclaim, but his military career was
marked by controversy...
to M. M. Alam's Encounter with the IAF
"History has never
been a particularly interesting subject for me, but on 7th September, 1965,
I had the unique opportunity of seeing history being made. I shall not hesitate
to accept that, ever since, my prejudices against history have weakened quite
a bit..." narrates the Retired Wing Commander, M. Arif Iqbal (PAF). Read
more about M. M. Alam's courageous encounter with the Indian army's fighter
jets in 1965 war.
Story of the Pakistan Air Force: A Saga of Courage and Honour
A brief review of The
Story of the Pakistan Air Force: A Saga of Courage and Honour, a book of
over 700 large-sized pages published by the Shaheen Foundation. This book gives
a graphic account of the heroics of the PAF pilots in the eastern wing during
the 1971 war when they were outnumbered ten to one. Covering the development
of the force from August, 1947, when it only had a few Tempest aircraft, the
book takes the reader up to 1987 when F-16s were hurtling down the runways to
go up in a breathtaking climb in deadly pursuit of their doomed quarry.
Date/Time Last Modified: 6/16/2004 6:48:46 AM
Asim Ali: 9/6/2006 5:10:14 AM
i am a proud pakistani and my head goes with confidence up when i see our nations heroes like M.M.ALAM. I appreciate ur effort for developing this website and i wish and pray that more websites showing the real history should come on our screens, as the indians have developed many web sites regarding thier so called VICTORY in the wars against Pakistan.so once again good effort.
Syed Moonis: 9/23/2006 9:58:53 AM
all i can say is: EAST OR WEST, ALAM IS THE BEST, FROM ALL THE REST. What this flying ace did for our country, it should be instilled in every child, youths, and adult's heart. They should include his name in the school's curriculum. People should know more about M.M.ALAM the man, and M.M.ALAM the fighter. I dopnt care if 30 years from now people forgets about him, because he will stay alive in my heart forever, and there is no way we can repay him for what he has done for us. Pakisatni nation owes a huge debt to this hero, and all other unsung heroes, who laid their lives for this nation. To all the heroes I say ASSALAMALAIKUM, and I hope that I will have the honour of meeting you in the paradise on the day of judgement, till then my brothers ALLAH HAFIZ, and PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.
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