People of Pakistan are remembering the unconditional services of Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam, on his 6th death anniversary today (March 18). Alam downed the five aircraft within sixty seconds, with the first four downed within thirty, thus establishing a world record.
Better recognized as “M. M. Alam”, is popularly considered a national hero in Pakistan for the skill and valour displayed by him during the Indo-Pakistani war of September 1965. Alam is attributed to have shot down 9 enemy aircraft, including five Hawker Hunter aircraft, on one sortie, while piloting an F-86 Sabre flying ace. He was thus awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (‘star of courage’), the nation’s third highest military award, and Bar for his commendable performance.
Alam was born on 6 July 1935 to a well-educated family of Calcutta, British India. He joined the then RPAF (now PAF) in 1952, being commissioned on 2 October 1953. His family moved to West Pakistan in around 1971, after the secession of East Pakistan.
The Air Force legend was admitted to Pakistan Naval Station Shifa Hospital in Karachi. Alam died in Karachi on 18 March 2013. He was 77. He was being treated for respiratory problems for 18 months. M. M. Alam Road, a major road in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan is named in honour of the flying ace of Pakistan Air Force, Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam, running from Main Market to Gulberg.
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19 June, 2019