Flying Officer Mohammad Shamsul Haq
During the war Flying Officer Mohammad Shamsul Haq, being the youngest member of the squadron with the least experience of flying, acquitted himself with exemplary courage and skill. On 4th December, 1971 he was ordered to scramble and intercept a formation of four SU-7 aircraft's attacking Dhaka airfield. As he got airborne, the SU-7s attacked his formation with missiles. He very coolly broke into the attacking aircraft at very low speed and asked his wingman to do the same and in the ensuing battle shot down on SU-7. Meanwhile four Hunters joined the battle. He engaged these Hunters and shot down two of them. There-after he was attacked by 4 MIG-21's. He put off their attack by quick planning and superior handling of aircraft. Against such heavy odds he displayed exemplary courage and leadership. Flying Officer Shamsul Haq has been awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.