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No. 17 Squadron History: 1947-1982

The squadron took part in the 1965 war with India. Sqn. Ldr. Azim Daudpota, Sqn. Ldr. A. A. Randhawa, Flt. Lt. Serajul Haque, Flt. Lt. Ashraf Sami, Flg. Off. Jamshed Akbar, Flg. Off. Zaigham Aizad, Flg. Off. A. Qadir, and Flg. Off. Akmal played an important role while operating from Masroor and Sargodha. In Sargodha, the pilots role was to give close support to ground forces in Sialkot, Lahore and Khem Karan areas. Flt. Lt. Azam shot down one enemy Gnat aircraft and on 19th September, Sqn. Ldr. Azim Daudpota and Flg. Off. Qadir undertook a very effective ground attack strike; they destroyed the enemy medium guns which were placed near Jallo/Attari for shelling Lahore. Sqn. Ldr. Azim Daudpota destroyed five tanks and thirty-five vehicles, and Sqn. Ldr. A. A. Randhawa, who flew 17 sorties, destroyed two tanks and several vehicles in Rajhastan areas. In Masroor the role of the squadron was air defence and close support to the ground forces in Rajhastan area. The squadron destroyed about 30 tanks and 150 vehicles; two hundred enemy troops were killed in the aerial attacks. Sqn. Ldr. Azim Daudpota was awarded Sitara-i-Jurat on 27th October, 1965.

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