Muhammad Mahmood Alam: The Little Dragon of Pakistan

 

 

Today, March 18, marks the 3rd death anniversary of M.M Alam, best known for his legendary feats during the Indo-Pak war of 1965

 

Born on 6 July 1935 to a well-educated family in Calcutta ,then part of the British empire, he and his family migrated to Dhaka after Pakistani’s independence. There he completed his secondary education and was commissioned in the Air Force in 1953 where his quickly raised through the ranks, becoming a Squadron leader by the age of 28. His extraordinary skills as a flying ace earned him the nickname “Little Dragon” by his peers.

 

Already a natural leader and a skilled fighter pilot, he distinguished himself in the indo-Pak war of 1965 where he managed to take down a record 5 enemy planes in less an a minute . For his gallantry , he was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (Star of courage) and Bar by the State.

In 1969, he was removed from staff college under a false pretext and during the war of 1971, did not play an active part. He and his family moved to West Pakistan after the war.

He retired with the rank of Air Commodore in 1982, having served in the Pakistan Air Force for nearly 30 years.  After his retirement, he took up residence in Karachi and began to grow more closer to his religion.

At age 77, he passed away . His funeral was held in PAF Base Masroor which was attended by many high ranking officers, government officials and war veterans. His legacy is survived by his younger siblings who themselves have distinguished themselves in their careers.