Iconic war veteran MM Alam passes away

  • إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

    May Allah bless his soul.


    Celebrated war veteran air commodore (retd) Mohammad Mahmood Alam, popularly known as MM Alam, died in Karachi on Monday after a protracted illness. He was 78.

    The hero of the Pakistan-India 1965 war, who inspired several generations to join armed forces, breathed his last at the PNS Shifa, where he had been under treatment for several weeks.

    MM Alam had been suffering from respiratory problems but his health had deteriorated lately due to his age. He had been under-treatment for about 18 months, said the Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy spokesmen.


  • إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

  • M M ALAM's F-86

    Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmud Alam emerged from 1965 War as Pakistan's top scoring fighter ace. The painting shows him in his favourite F-86 F-35-NA with the victory tally marked alongside the aircraft. (Nine kills and two probables). Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmud Alam, Commander of No 11 Squadron in 1965, was already a notable leader and highly experienced pilot. He also excelled in gunnery competitions - a skill that no doubt contributed greatly to his becoming the first and only jet ace in one mission. This Pakistani Squadron Commander established a combat record which has few equals in the history of jet air warfare.

    Flying an F-86F Sabre over the battle lines on September 6, Alam first engaged a flight of IAF Hunters. In the ensuing dog-fight, he scored two kills. On September 7, he led an intercept mission against IAF Hawker Hunters that were attacking Sargodha airfield. When the six Hunters broke, Alam loosed a Sidewinder missile at their "'tail-end Charlie". The missile quickly found its mark and blew the Hunter out of the sky. The Hunter pilots also saw the F-86s, and all five broke left in a line-astern formation, crossing in front of Alam's guns. Alam then performed a virtuoso, but well-dQcumented feat of gunnery by shooting down four of the Hunters in rapid succession. In action again on the 17th, Alam bagged another brace of Hunters to bring his final score to nine confirmed kills and two probables.

    May GOD rest his soul in peace

  • He was not only a great pilot but a great man in terms of character. He detected the corruption of Air Martial Anwer Shameem and reported to it to Gen. Zia in secrecy. His act of reporting was disclosed to Anwer Shameem and he began to commit excesses on M.M. Alam. He was an open critic of high-ups of armed forces for their corruption.

    May Allah bless him with the placement in Janat Ul Firdous.

  • May his soul rest in peace.

    A real war hero. Inna lillah e wa inna ilaihi rajiyoon.

  • إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ