The ‘Living Eagle’ Gp Capt Saif ul Azam | Ace Pilot of Arab-Israel War

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Posted By: Rava Desk
Date: June 17, 2020

Group Captain (Retd) Saif-ul-Azam, Sitara-i-Jurrat, war veteran of 1965 Indo-Pak war, was born in Pabna District, East Bengal in 1941. He was commissioned as a fighter Pilot in October, 1960. During 1965 War, he served in No 17 Squadron at PAF Base Sargodha. Apart from inflicting heavy damage to Indian forces in 12 ground-attack missions, Azam also had one IAF aircraft kill to his credit as well. For his valour and devotion to duty in 1965 war, he was awarded with “Sitara-i-Jura’at". Group Captain Saif ul Azam also attained Global repute when he shot down three Israeli aircraft during 1967 Arab-Israel war. In recognition of his heroic contributions he was honoured with the military awards by the governments of Jordan and Iraq. The US government also bestowed upon him the title of “Living Eagle” in 2001. He breathed his last in Bangladesh after prolonged illness on 14th June, 2020.

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