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Pakistan Air Force Academy at Risalpur
Warrior Hero Who Fought Beyond Borders and Skies of Pakistan « Area 14/8
The actions of those men deserve to be highlighted and explained, especially the contributions of the Pakistani pilot Saiful Azam and the brave Jordanian soldiers of the battle of Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem.
At 12:48 p.m. on June 5, four Israeli jets were descending on Jordan's Mafraq air base to smash the country's tiny air force, shortly after the entire Egyptian air force had been reduced to rubble. To intercept the incoming attack, Jordanian air force commanders deputized Flt. Lt. Saiful Azam, who was on loan as an advisor from Pakistan. Once airborne with other Jordanian pilots, Saiful Azam engaged the attacking aircrafts in an air-to-air combat, shooting down a Mystére commanded by Israeli pilot H. Boleh and shot and damaging another that crash-landed in Israeli territory. Two days later he was urgently dispatched to Iraq along with several Jordanian pilots to defend the Iraqi air bases against the Israeli air force which by then had ruled without any challenge the Arab skies over Egypt, Syria, Jordan and now Iraq. Here, he again was deputized by the Iraqi air force, along with top Jordanian pilot Ihsan Shurdom, who later became the commander of Jordanian air force, to fly its Hunters in defense of its H-3 and al-Walid air bases. Once airborne the Jordanian and Iraqi pilots with Saiful Azam leading the formation intercepted the attacking Israeli aircrafts that ended up of the shooting down two of Azam's Iraqi wingmen by the attacking Israelis. It was then when Saiful Azam used his air combat skills flying the Iraqi Hunter shot down two of the Israeli attacking planes. Within 72 hours, Saiful Azam became the only fighter-pilot in the world to hold the record of shooting down three confirmed kills of Israeli aircrafts in air-to-air combat, a record that still stands today. His other records included being the only fighter pilot to fly in three air forces; Pakistani, Jordanian, and Iraqi. Adding to his record, was his downing of an Indian Gnat aircraft during the Pakistani war with India in 1965, making him yet again the only pilot to shoot down three kinds of military aircrafts in two different air forces. Azam was honored and awarded medals in Iraq and Jordan for his heroics but despite his remarkable military achievements and services in the Arab world, he remains unknown to the Arab public and very little is written about him in Arabic. A retired colonel in the Jordanian air force told me that very few people know about Azam's services outside the air force; Azam then moved to Bangladesh after it became an independent country and served in its air force until his retirement. All told, Pakistani Air Force pilots, in addition to Saiful Azam serving in Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Syria, in 1967 war, downed as many as 10 Israeli aircrafts without losing a single pilot or a single aircraft.
Even during the Indo-Pak War in 1965, there were many glories of victory achieved by Shaheed (martyr) Squadron Leader Alam, Wing Commander Towab, Flight Lieutenant Saiful Azam and many others of them Flight lieutenant (later on Group Captain) Saiful Azam became an ace fighter pilot.
He showed success in three different countries in dog fight during real war. He became the only fighter pilot in the world who was awarded with state title by three different countries viz, Pakistan (Sitara-e-Jurat), Jordan (Hossam-e-Istiqlal) and Iraq (North S Suja). He proved his worthwhileness to such an extent that he was allowed to command a fighter squadron of Pakistan Air Force as a Flight Lieutenant which was supposed to be commanded by a Wing Commander.
Saiful Azam became the only pilot from the Arab side to have shot down 3 IDF/AF aircraft within 72 hours and also the only pilot to have shot down 3 different aircraft types of the IDF/AF.
He was, subsequently, decorated by Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan.
Saiful Azam was grounded/interned in 1971.
He had three kills against Israelis and one in 1965. He was repatriated to Bangladesdh in 1972(?) and eventually retired as a Group Captain (full colonel equivalent) in the late 1970s sometime. Saiful Azam became the only pilot from the Arab side to have shot down 3 IDF/AF aircraft within 72 hours" ...i think he shot down four and not three.....two in one engagement and two in the next......one of which may have crashed in israel......he was also awarded a sitar-e-jurat in 65 war.....interestingly he was a bengali.....and eventually moved to bangladesh after 71......quite ironic......
Saiful Azam became the only pilot from the Arab side to have shot down 3 IDF/AF (Israili Airforce) aircraft within 72 hours and also the only pilot to have shot down 3 different aircraft types of the IDF/AF.
He was, subsequently, decorated by Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan.During the war 16 ...