CITATION OF PAF HEROS

Flight Lieutenant Syed Shamsuddin Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

Since the commencement of hostilities, Flight Lieutenant Syed Shamsuddin has completed a total of 14 successful bombing missions against enemy airfields at Ambala, Halwara, Adampur, Pathankot, Jamnagar and Jodhpur. Everyone of the attacks undertaken by Flight Lieutenant Shamsuddin was delivered with great accuracy, causing maximum damage to the enemy in spite of very stiff enemy opposition. The officer always volunteered to undertake any mission that was available and the results produced by him have been most satisfying. His coolness under difficult circumstances has been inspiring and he has set an example of great courage, determination and valor for his associates. For his outstanding courage and bravery, Flight Lieutenant Syed Shamsuddin Ahmed is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant William D Harney
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant William D. Harney's performance and professional ability during the current operations has been of the highest order. The officer has, in spite of a hand injury, voluntarily undertaken all available bombing missions and especially the most hazardous ones to Ambala, Pathankot, Adampur, Halwara and Jodhpur. In all the missions he has excelled in qualities of leadership, courage and devotion to duty. His mission planning and execution of the missions has been of the highest order in spite of very heavy odds. He has always reached his targets and made very significant contribution to accurate attacks. The officer has during the Indo-Pakistan War completed a total of 14 operational missions and every one of them has been of significant importance to the overall superiority of the Pakistan Air Force. For his courage dedication to duty, Flight Lieutenant William D. Harney is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Ali Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

While leading the fighter formation of two aircraft's over Chamb Sector, Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Ali Khan was attacked by 4 Hunters. During the engagement, when he had got behind the enemy, two more Gnats attacked him. His left elevator was shot away but he continued fighting them till the enemy aircraft broke off. He showed great courage and determination in engaging overwhelming odds and bringing home the damaged aircraft. On 13th September, 1965, he shot down another Gnat. For his consistent determination, courage and aggressiveness, the officer is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Hasan Alvi
Sitara-i-Juraat

In the current operations, Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Hasan Alvi completed a total of 13 missions against Indian Airfields. His professional ability was of the highest order and he has displayed coolness, courage and determination in every one of his attacks which has resulted in the destruction of many Indian installations and airfields. He has conducted bombing attacks on Adampur, Halwara, Pathankot, Jamnagar and Jodhpur with such precise accuracy that he was always selected for the most difficult tasks. He showed determination, courage and singleness of purpose, in execution of every mission he undertook. For his outstanding bravery and devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Hasan Alvi is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flying Officer M Ehtisham Akram
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flying Officer Mohammad Ehtisham Akram is a photo recee pilot. He has flown four operational missins .On 7th September ,1965, he made two attempts to reach Amritsar but could not penetrate because of enemy fighter aircraft. He pulled back into Pakistan, waited and made a third attempt and completed the task. On 10th September ,1965, even though his F-104 aircraft escort was removed by sector operation Centre, he went ahead and completed the task given to him. During this mission he was attacked by I.A.F Mystere aircraft but successfully evaded the enemy and returned to base. Flying Officer Ehtisham has shown courage and determination to complete the task given to him. Therefore he awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat.
 

Flying Officer M Masud Akhtar
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Throughout the period of operations Flying Officer Mohammad Masud Akhtar has flown as a wing man most confidently and agressively. During this short war he has flown nearly 50 hours. He was flying Wing man the day a filight of four hunters were engaged and shot down. He kept his wing leader covered continously during this engagement. For his experience, he is the best wing man in a wing.So he recommended for the awad of Tamgha-i-Basalat.
 

Flying Officer Shafique Haider
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flying Officer Ziauddin Hasan
Sitara-i-Juraat

On the nights of the 6th ,7th and 8th september, 1965, Flying Officer Ziauddin Hasan flew as navigator of the leading aircraft of bombers which attacked the enemy airfields. Despite intense enemy anti-aircraft fire and some fighter opposition, Flying Officer Hasan navigated the bomber fights with cool, courage and accuracy and thus contributed to the success of bombing mission. For the high degree of professional skill, courage and determination shown by Flying Officer Ziauddin Hasan in the air operations against enemy airfields, he is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Corporal Ghulam Abbas
Tamgha-i-Juraat

Corporal Technician Ghulam Abbas was N.C.O. I/c of a unit during the War. He was ordered to deploy his unit in the Kasur sector. When he reached there, he was advised by the Army personnel that the area was not safe but he told them that this was his place of duty and he would execute the orders given by his superiors. On 10th September, 1965, the enemy artillery shells started falling within about 200 feet of his post but he continued carrying out his job without any fear. His personal example of devotions to duty and courage was a source of inspiration to his fairly inexperienced subordinates and the Unit kept on functioning perfectly. On 11th September, 1965, the shells started falling within a few yards of his post but even this did not deter him from carrying out his duties. He told three of his men to sit in the trench and the remaining two, including himself, kept on manning the observation post and the operator's seat. Thus, his team continued functioning efficiently in spite of heavy shelling by the enemy.
 

Corporal M Omar Ali
Tamgha-i-Juraat

During the War, Corporal Omar Ali was NCO I/C of a unit attached to a forward Brigade. In spite of frequent strafing bombing and shelling by the enemy, Corporal Ali performed his duties most efficiently. His unit was one of the first to report the four enemy Vampire aircraft which were shot down on 1st September, 1965. On 5th September, 1965,his unit was strafed by four enemy Hunters and it was noticed that Cpl. Ali continued to work along with his operator when everyone else had taken cover. He remained unconcerned about his personal safety and went on performing his duties even under enemy fire. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty was a great source of inspiration to his subordinates.
 

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