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1971 SHUHADA
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Aslam Choudhry
Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Aslam Choudhry flew a total of fifteen missions since the outbreak of war. As he had spent most of his service in training establishments, he had to start with a disadvantage in a fighter squadron. But he was a keen pilot and managed to polish up his fighter flying in a comparatively short time. He was always keen to fly operational missions. On 10 December 71, while flying in leading a section of two F-86s in Chamb Sector on a Close Air Support mission, his flight was engaged by six Hunters. Being heavily out-numbered, he was presumed to have been shot down by the enemy. He was officially declared missing in action. For his valour, courage, determination and devotion to duty, he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Ghulam Rabbani

Ishfaq Hameed
Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Ishfaq Hameed was recalled from PIA for operational flying, with a B-57 Squadron. From the onset of the hostilities he displayed distinct qualities of patriotism and aggressiveness to achieve positive results. This was a source of inspiration to other aircrew. Unfortunately, he was unable to return from his second mission of the war on 5 December 71. Squadron Leader Ishfaq displayed exceptional determination and tenacity under adverse conditions that existed at his base from 4th morning of December till the night he went for his last mission. For his dedication, courage and display of excellent fighting spirit he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Khusro
Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Khusro had retired from the PAF but was recalled for the war. In spite of many personal problems, he showed great keenness, courage, determination and fighting spirit. On 6 December 71, he volunteered for bombing mission to Jamnagar airfield regardless of the consequences. He failed to return from the mission and was officially declared missing in action. His fighting spirit, determination and devotion were an example to all aircrew of the unit. For his outstanding courage and devotion to duty, Squadron Leader Khusro was awarded the Sitara-i-Juraat.

Muhammad Nasir Dar
Sitara-i-Basalat

Squadron Leader Muhammad Nasir Dar, a signals officer, achieved Shahadat as a result of a direct bomb hit on his place of work during war. He continued to work in spite of the heavy air raid and declined to take shelter. For his devotion to his work above and beyond the call of duty, he was awarded the Sitara-i-Basalat.

Peter Christie
Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Peter Christie was on deputation to PIAC when recalled for war duties. He showed great keenness to fly, and in spite of overwhelming family responsibilities, he was ever willing to take on any mission at any odd hour of the day or night. He was completely devoted to the task in hand. His sense of humor under war conditions, his dedication to the cause of the country and his personal courage contributed immensely to the Squadron's morale. On 6th December 71, he was detailed as navigator for a bombing mission to Jamnagar. He failed to return from the mission and was officially declared missing in action. For his personal example and complete devotion to duty, he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

 
 
 
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