People of Pakistan are remembering the unconditional services of Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam, on the occasion of defense day.
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.
Notably, he 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 war hero was born on July 6, 1935, in Calcutta, India and was the eldest of 11 siblings. No one in his family before him had been part of the military, and in fact, he joined the armed forces against his father’s will. He is popularly known as M.M. Alam and was nicknamed ‘Little Dragon’. He retired in 1982 as an Air Commodore.
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, is named in honor of the flying ace of Pakistan Air Force, Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam, running from Main Market to Gulberg.