squadron occupies an important place in the history of PAF
for having been equipped with first jet aircraft (Attacker).
The first three jet planes arrived in August, 1951, and with
the induction of this plane the PAF too entered the jet age.
Attacker, a British aeroplane, belonging to the first
generation of jet fighters, and had problems inherent in the
new technology; the main problem was of hydraulics which led
to under-carriage troubles. The PAF pilots, however, soon
mastered the aircraft and performed aerobatics of very high
degree. The legendary name of F. S. Hussain who extracted
the maximum out of this aircraft will remain enshrined in
the PAF history.
The squadron can take pride that two of its Commanders
reached the top leadership of PAF. Sqn. Ldr. Zulfiqar Ali
Khan, who later became Air Chief Marshal, took over the
command of the squadron in August, 1958. On 6th March, 1963
its leadership passed on to Sqn. Ldr. Muhammad Anwar Shamim,
who later became Air Chief Marshal, the man who conducted
the epic air war of 1965 as OC No. 33 Wing, Sargodha,
against a numerically much superior Indian Air Force. In
1965, the air war was primarily fought and won at Sargodha;
it was here that wave after wave of Indian planes launched
their attack, and it was here that they suffered the
heaviest losses. War came in 1965, but the spirit-the most
vital element in a conflict-was built up among the squadron
pilots by its leader and senior pilots. In January, 1964,
the command of the squadron was assumed by Sqn. Ldr. M. M.
Alam, and it was under his command that in May, 1965, the
squadron operated against India in the Rann of Kutch. Its
moment of true glory came in September, 1965 when operating
from its home-base in Sargodha, the squadron faced the brunt
of enemy aerial attacks. In the seventeen days war with
India, a total of 227 sorties were flown. All squadron
pilots put up a commendable performance; amongst the
outstanding were Sqn. Ldr. M. M. Alam, Flt. Lt. Saad Hatmi,
Flt. Lt. Yusuf Ali Khan and Flt. Lt. Jillani. The squadron
shot down 10 Hunters, 3 Gnats and damaged 3 Hunters.
Pakistan's air ace M. M. Alam had a personal score of nine
Hunters (shot down) and two more Hunters (damaged). Flt. Lt.
S. Yusuf and Saad Hatmi shot down one Hunter and one Gnat
aircraft. Flt. Lt. Yusuf shot down one Gnat and Flt. Lt.
Jillani got one Gnat and damaged one Hunter. The officers
who were awarded combat decorations included Sqn. Ldr. M. M.
Alam (Sitara-e-Jurat with Bar), Flt. Lt. S. A. Hatmi (Sitara-e-Jurat),
and Flt. Lt. Yusuf A. Khan (Sitara-e-Jurat).