Thursday, 25 March 2010

Flt Lt M. Matiur Rahman

Flt Lt Matiur Rahman or Mati (Moti) as he is popularly called attained Shahadat on 20th August 1971 whilst trying to escape from the heart of the enemy's den in a T-33 trainer jet to join combat back in Bangladesh.

The Hero
Flt Lt Mohammed Matiur Rahman is one of the greatest heroes of Bangladesh.
  • Joined PAF Public School Sargodha 1956
  • Joined PAF Academy, Risalpur 1961 as Flight Cadet
  • Commissioned into Pakistan Air Force in 1963 as Pilot Officer
  • Completes Jet Conversion Training
  • Completes Fighter Conversion Training
  • Posted No.19 Squadron, Peshawar as Flying Officer
  • Completes Fighter Leadership Training, Mauripur
  • Sees combat against India 1965
  • Awarded Sitara-e-Harb 1965 (Battle Star 1965)
  • Promoted to Flight Lieutenant, July 1967
  • Flies F-104 Starfighter
  • Ejects from an F6 (MiG-19) when a flame out occurs during a mock Dogfight
  • Completes course at Flying Instructors' School
  • Becomes a QFI (Qualified Flying Instructor) and posted to PAF Academy, Risalpur
  • Posted No.25 Top Gun Squadron, Sagodha
  • Served HQ, Inter Sevices Intelligences (ISI)
  • During Leave witnesses Sheikh Mujib's historic speech at Paltan Maidan 7th March 1971
  • Led Mukti Bahini units against West Pakistan, March 1971
  • Blew up railway bridge over Buriganga, April 1971
  • Rejoined PAF as Jet Conversion Instructor in order to escape with an aircraft, May 1971
  • Attains Shahadat whilst trying to fly away with an aircraft from deep inside enemy territory, August 1971

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