ISLAMABAD: The 1965 war hero Muhammad Mahmood Alam, popularly known as MM Alam, was remembered on his third death anniversary on Friday.
Alam is considered a national hero for Pakistan, most significantly, for his remarkable show of brilliance in the 1965 Pak-India war when he was posted at Sargodha.
During this war he was involved in various dogfights while flying his F-86 Sabre fighter. He downed nine Indian Hawker Hunter fighters in the aerial fighting, and damaged two others.
In one mission on 7 September 1965, Alam downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the last four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record, with total of nine aircraft downed in the war.
Alam was born on 6 July 1935 to a well-educated family of Calcutta, British India, and was the eldest of 11 siblings. The family migrated from Calcutta to eastern Bengal which became East Pakistan following the formation of Pakistan in 1947. 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.
In 1982, Alam retired from PAF as an Air commodore and took up residence in Karachi. Alam died in Karachi on 18 March 2013 at age of 77.