Chronological Listing of Pakistani Air Force

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Martin B-57
Losses and Ejections

RB-57 History

 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
   
??-??1965
Pakistan A. F.
RB-57B   24 squadron Sufferd heavy damage due to SAM attacks while flying over Agra on a reccee mission.  Managed to land back at Peshawar air base but never flew again      
Sqn Ldr Rashid Mir
[S/L Mir was awarded SJ for bring the crippled plane back to base]
Navigator Flying Officer Sultan Malik  
   
??-??-1965
Pakistan A. F.
RB-57B   24 squadron Landing accident
[at Mauripur Base ??]. Flew again but eventually withdrawn from flying status.
     
   
7th September 1965
04:15

Pakistan A. F.
Martin B-57B 33-941
'Zulu-6'
8 Sqn, No. 31 Bomber Wing/PAF Station Mauripur (Now Base Masroor), Karachi, Pakistan Hit the ground and exploded during bomber strikes on Indian positions Jamnagar. The crash occurred on the way to Jamnagar  
Squadron Leader Shabbir Alam Siddiqui 
killed in crash
Sqn. Ldr. Alam Qureshi 
killed in crash
no ejections

 

Haris M Zuberi, aviation/history enthusiast and writer from Pakistan, has provided more information that updates the previous entry on this web site. I am delighted to be allowed to incorporate these.

"I had written an article on the historic mission of PAF Sqn Ldr Shabbir Alam Siddiqui (pilot) & Sqn Ldr Aslam Qureshi (navigator) on a Martin B-57 Bomber on the night between 6-7 Sep 1965, the very first day of the Indo-Pak war. The crew went MIA on their mission to bomb IAF Jamnagar airfield and their fate remained unknown for decades. My article and the very interesting twist of fate for the unsung crew and their tormented families can be read here:

http://www.pakdef.info/pakmilitary/airforce/war/beyond_the_call_of_duty.html

I uncovered lots of relevant details in collaboration with some ex IAF guys and the PAF and would like to share the following which can be rectified/added on the PAF Losses page:

Date and Time of loss: 0415Hrs, 7 Sep 1965.
Location: Few Miles East of Jamnagar Airfield, Gujrat, India.
Aircraft & Tail No: PAF Martin B-57B No. 33-941
Squadron/Wing/Base: No. 8 Sqn/No. 31 Bomber Wing/PAF Station Mauripur (Now Base Masroor), Karachi, Pakistan
Pilot: Sqn Ldr Shabbir Alam Siddiqui, Pak (Service) No. 3579 (A qualified navigator himself and former F-86 Sabre pilot with No. 14 Sqn)
Navigator: Sqn Ldr Aslam Qureshi, Pak (Service) No. 1460 (The Wing Navigation instructor)
Call Sing: 'Zulu-6'
Detail:
Aircraft was shot down by Indian AAA during a bombing attack on IAF Jamnagar airfield. Crew was apparently killed on impact and buried near the crash site. The pilot was on his 3rd bombing mission in Indian airspace within a span of 9 hours, volunteering to fill in for a senior pilot who backed out from his sortie, and the navigator was on his 2nd mission of the night. Confusion perpetuated regarding their fate due to certain assumptions regarding weather, spatial disorientation and crew fatigue which resulted in a belief that the aircraft had never reached its target and crashed on its way. A tardy claim by Indian Ack Ack didn't help the situation much and under war clouds was viewed by PAF with paranoia. The exceptional valour of these two officers serving beyond the call of duty and making an ultimate sacrifice for national cause and the PAF effort remained a fact overlooked rather unwittingly, and quite ironically despite recovery of the navigator's diary and the pilot's wallet from the wreckage with the latter even being sent back home during a POW exchange ceremony in 1966. The false assumptions were finally cleared 40 years later through efforts of the pilot's wife and one of the crew's squadron mates (Air Cdre retd Najeeb Khan) himself a decorated veteran of the same war, when IAF finally declared that the B-57 bomber had in fact reached the target and was shot down by AAA while carrying out its attack and had effectively succeeded in stalling the scheduled Indian Navy Air Squadron raid on the crucial PAF Badin radar at dawn. PAF records, which note the aircraft as lost en route due to bad weather/spatial disorientation, is yet to be rectified. Aviation and military history enthusiasts and the officers' families keenly seek belated recognition of the crew's gallantry and sacrifice and are hoping the Govt and PAF would consider belated gallantry awards at par with their decorated bomber wing colleagues of the '65 war.

I'm also attaching the official profile pictures of the lost crew, since the picture of the navigator featured on the page is not of Sqn Ldr Aslam Qureshi but that of
one Flg Off Muhammad Afzal Khan, Pak (Service) No. 4248, also KIA during the 1965 war. Also attached is a painting of the fateful and historic mission done by PAF Aviation Artist Gp Capt retd SMA Hussaini in 2009 as a tribute to the unsung duo after it was confirmed by IAF in 2006 that they were shot down while carrying out their attack.

I also have the details of the other 2 B-57 losses listed. It was the RB-57 which was shot down by friendly Ack Ack. I'll send you the details shortly.

I hope this would all be of interest to you.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Thanks and best regards,

Haris M Zuberi.
Pakistan."

   
11th September 1965
evening

Pakistan A. F.
Martin RB-57 No. 33-961 No 24 Elint Sqn
31 Wg
PAF Station (now Base) Peshawar, Pakistan
Shot down by gunners at  Rahwali near Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan in "friendly fire" error when the aircraft made practice attack on Pakistan radar station. Douglas AMI
Sqn Ldr Muhammad Iqbal
killed
Flt Lt Saifullah Khan Lodhi
killed
Douglas AMI

Updated by Haris M Zuberi

Haris also sent the following


Pilot:
Sqn Ldr Mohammed Iqbal, Pak (Service) No. 1431
Navigator: Flt Lt Saifullah Khan Lodhi, Pak (Service) No. 3839
Detail: The pilot as OC of the Elint RB-57 Sqn decided to carry out simulated attacks on a PAF radar station at Rahwali, near Gujranwala for practise. Due to faulty liaison with the Pakistan Army AAA unit deployed in the area, the bomber diving over the radar station was mistaken for an IAF Canberra invader and shot down, killing both officers.

   
14th September 1965
23:00

Pakistan A. F.
Martin B-57B No. 33-891
SG-261
7 Sqn/No. 31 Bomber Wing/PAF Station Mauripur (Now Base Masroor), Karachi. Took off for raid from PAF Station (now Base) Peshawar.

Hit by flak during attack near Adampur Airfield, India.

[Their 13th mission]

  Douglas AMI
Pilot Flt. Lt. Altaf  Shaikh 
ejected (POW)
Navigator Flt. Lt. Bashir A. Chaudri
ejected  (POW)
Douglas AMI

Updated by Haris M Zuberi

Pilot: Flt Lt Altaf Shaikh, Pak (Service) No. 3781
Navigator: Flt Lt Bashir Chaudhry, Pak (Service) No. ?
Call Sign: SG-261
Detail: Hit by Indian AAA during bombing raid over Adampur Airfied, India. Crew ejected and landed in watery terrain and avoided immediate capture. They were inevitable captured the next morning and held POW till January 1966. Pilot was nominated for SJ as gallantry award, but it was delayed during captivity and later forgotten by authorities. Incidentally the pilot's only son Wg Cdr Numan Altaf died in a bizarre blue on blue caused by a trainee pilot's error during a training sortie in Jordan while he was on deputation as an instructor with the Royal Jordanian Air Force in 2005.

   
15th September 1965
Pakistan A. F.
 Martin RB-57F   No 24 Squadron
Mauripur near Karachi.
Involved in directing attacks on the Indian radar station at Amritsar. Near hit by SA-2 SAMs on its descent towards Peshawar from Ambala. Forced landing. Damaged. Repaired. Crew ??   no ejections
   
17th September 1965
20:50

Pakistan A. F.
Martin B-57 33-9???
Call Sign:
CH-4
No. 31 Bomber Wing/PAF Station Mauripur (Now Base Masroor), Karachi, Pakistan Crashed on approach to  PAF Station Risalpur in very high winds and limted visibilty due to weather conditions  
Flight Lieutenant M A Butt killed in crash Flight-Lieutanant A. S. Khalid Uz Zaman killed in crash no ejections

Updated by Haris M Zuberi

Pilot: Flt Lt M A Butt, Pak (Service) No. 4117
Navigator: Flt Lt A S Khaliduzzaman, Pak (Service) No. 4005
Detail: Crew Killed in crash before landing at PAF station Risalapur during war time diversion from home base. Aircraft crashed due to misjudged landing approach under poor visibility.

   
5th December 1971
Pakistan A. F.
Martin B-57   No 7 Squadron
Mianwali
or
Masroor
bombing mission to Jamnagar  
Squadron Leader Ishfaq Hameed Qureshi
MIA
Flight Lieutenant Zulfiqar Ahmad
MIA
 
   
5th December 1971
Pakistan A. F.
Martin B-57   No 7 Squadron
Mianwali
or
Masroor
bombing mission against Amritsar airfield  
Flight Lieutenant Javed Iqbal
MIA
Flight Lieutenant  Ghulam Murtaza Malik
MIA
 
   
6th December 1971
Pakistan A. F.
Martin B-57   No 7 Squadron
Mianwali
or
Masroor
bombing mission to Jamnagar  
Squadron Leader Khusro
MIA
Squadron Leader Peter Christy
MIA
 
   
6th December 1971
Pakistan A. F.
(on loan from USAF)
Martin RB-57D   Masroor Air Base Destroyed on ground by Indian air attack on Masroor Air Base      
   
6th December 1971
Pakistan A. F.
(on loan from USAF)
Martin RB-57D   Masroor Air Base Destroyed on ground by Indian air attack on Masroor Air Base      
NOTES  Some sources indicate that perhaps another two B-57s were lost during the 1971 Conflict
Dates and circumstances need checking and confirmation
05 Dec 71 1 EB-57
04 Dec 71 3 x B-57
04 Dec 71 1 RB-57
   

 

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