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1965 war hero MM Alam passes away.

KARACHI -- 1965 war hero Muhammad Mahmood Alam popularly known as MM Alam passed away in Karachi.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spokesman said that Air commodore (retd) Muhammad Mahmud Alam passed away in Karachi on Monday morning after a long illness. He was 78.

MM Alam emerged as a hero in 1965 Pak-India war when as a fighter pilot he downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute - the first four within 30 seconds.

Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmoud Alam, who was later promoted to the rank of Air Commodore, was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurrat for his achievements in 1965 war.

While posted in Sargodha, he had downed nine Indian fighters in air-to-air combat, including six Hawker Hunter fighters. In one mission on 7th September 1965, he downed 5 Indian aircraft in less than a minute.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt has expressed deep shock and grief over the demise of M. M. Alam.

He was suffering from lungs problem.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Mar 19, 2013
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