CITATION OF PAF HEROS

Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami Khan flew the maximum combat missions during the war with India. His enthusiasm and aggressive spirit was of the highest order and was responsible to ignite the spirit of competition amongst other pilots in its most effective form. He led formations in the battle area with exemplary determination and brought back excellent results. He has been credited with one aircraft,15 tanks and 22 vehicles destroyed and 8 tanks and 19 vehicles damaged and 2 heavy guns destroyed. He never looked tired or apprehensive in the face of heavy odds but kept on inflicting maximum damage to the enemy as his only objective. For his outstanding devotion to duty and bravery, Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Amanuallah Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Amanullah Khan carried out 26 strike missions and one Air Defence mission against the enemy. He flew in a most aggressive and alert manner and was responsible for inspiring great confidence in his formation members. His leadership left nothing more to be desired. He participated in attacks on Amritsar and Ferozpur Radar, Gurdaspur Railway Station, Ammunition Train at Dhariwal and many other close support missions and invariably achieved most convincing results against heavy, enemy ground fire. On 21st September 1965, his formation achieved great successes in the destruction of enemy's heavy guns which were shelling Lahore. For his aggressive, and determined leadership and display of unbeatable courage in the face of heavy enemy ground fire, Flight Lieutenant Amanullah Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

On the morning of September 7, Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan engaged two Mysteres at low level, attacking Sargodha airfield. He fired at one aircraft but as his target was flying at a very low altitude it was ineffective. The two aircraft detected him and took evasive action. Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan out maneuvered the Indian pilots and destroyed both aircraft. The second, aircraft blew up in the air and the debris struck his aircraft and froze its flight controls. Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan ejected at 50 feet above ground level. This narrow escape from death had no ill effects on the pilot and within a day he was available and more than willing to continue his duties. For his dedication to duty and courage, Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry
Sitara-i-Juraat

On 6th September, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry was No. 2 in a fligth of 3 F-86 aircraft led by Squadron Leader Rafiqui. Their target was Halwara airfield of the Indian Air Force. This formation of 3 F-86s was intercepted by 10 Hunter aircraft of the Indian Air Force. During the engagement, the leader's guns stopped firing and he handed over the lead to Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry, who very ably and aggressively continued the fight against heavy odds. About 60 miles inside enemy territory, he destroyed two enemy Hunter aircraft with his gun attack. His courage and professional ability in such adverse circumstances was outstanding and he successfully managed to return to base after having lost contact with other members of the formation. On 15th September, 1965, in spite of insufficient information from Ground Radar, Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry pursued his attack aggressively on enemy bombers and chased them 150 miles from his base. During the engagement, he destroyed one enemy Canberra bomber.The services rendered by him were beyond the call of normal duty and contributed a significant share towards Pakistan Air Force achieving air superiority. For these acts of courage, dedication and professional ability, Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Dilawar Hussain
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Dilawar Hussain was one of the greatest sources of inspiration for his Squadron mates throughout the operation. He dislayed great keenness to operate in the battle area and great commitment and determination in the face of heavy odds was most inspiring. He flew at all times in a manner that befits the best of the fighter pilots of the Pakistan Air Force. His personal score of enemy tanks and aircraft on the ground was three aircraft and eight tanks destroyed, one aircraft and four tanks damaged, one armored vehicle and thirteen others destroyed, nine vehicles and one gun damaged. He flew a total of ten Air Defence sorties and 17 Strike/Close support missions. On one occasion, he continued his mission without being in the least bit apprehensive after having been hit by ground fire. For his courage and high spirits in the performance of his duty, Flight Lieutenant Dilawar Hussain is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Ghani Akbar
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Ghani Akbar flew 13 ground attack and 12 air defence missions during the Indo-Pakistan War. He destroyed one aircraft in a ground strike mission and was credited with 5 tanks destroyed and 5 damaged during close support missions. Throughout he flew aggressively, fearlessly and in a most professional manner. For his flying ability, determination and courage he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Hakimullah
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Iftikhar Ahmad Khan Ghauri
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Iftikhar Ahmad Khan Ghauri in the Indo-Pakistan War flew a total of 13 operational missions to Pathankot, Adampur, Halwara, Jodhpur and Jamnagar. The officer displayed great courage and determination in reaching his targets in spite of very heavy odds and against tough enemy opposition. His accurate and aggressive mission-planning has contributed significantly towards the success of our bomber raids against the enemy airfields. In all these missions he displayed great, courage , determination and complete devotion to duty. In spite of his serious stomach ailment, the officer remained fit throughout the period of operations and voluntarily offered his services for every mission much beyond the call of duty. For his outstanding devotion to duty, courage and valour, Flight Lieutenant Iftikhar Ahmad Khan Ghauri was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Imtiaz Ahmad Bhatti
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieuteanat Imtiaz Ahmad Bhatti was one of the two pilots who were on an air patrol when they were directed to intercept enemy aircraft attacking our ground forces in Chamb area. This was the first air encounter of the Indo-Pakistan War. Though heavily out-numbered, Flight Lieutenant Bhatti fought with exceptional courage and professional skill and shot down two Vampire aircraft in this engagement. This set an inspiring example for others to emulate. For his gallantry, determination and dedication to the Service he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Javed A Khawaja
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Javed Ahmed Khawaja was a pilot in the T-6G Squadron during the period of war in september , 1965. During this period his only concern was to hit and destroy the enemy; and he showed complete disregard for his own safety. On 11th September,1965,while flying over enemy territory ,he was hit by small arm fire from the ground. But his eagerness to hunt for the enemy was so high that he yet pressed his attack on an enemy communication centre and completed his mission. For his offensive spirit, courage and desire to destroy the enemy he recommended for the award of Tamgha-i-Basalat.
 

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