was formed on August 15, 1947 at Peshawar from the personnel
of No. 1 RIAF Squadron, with Sqn. Ldr. Z. Ahmad as its first
Commander. The squadron was equipped with eight Tempest MK
II aircraft, and in spite of acute shortage of technical
personnel, it successfully carried out its task due
primarily to the spirit and high morale of its personnel. It
also maintained a detachment at Miranshah. The squadron has
throughout its history played a key role in the aerial
defence of Pakistan.
It has produced airmen of very high capability, and can
rightly take pride in being a squadron of heroes. Those who
will ever be remembered for their superior action and valour
are Air Commodores Masroor Hosain, F. S. Hussain and M. Z.
Masud, and Sqn. Ldr. Sarfraz A. Rafiqui and Munir Ahmad.
The squadron was visited by the Prime Minister of Pakistan
Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, along with Air Vice Marshal
Perry Keene, Air Cdre. M. K. Janjua, Gp. Capt. Rabb and Gp.
Capt. Raza, in January, 1948.
The Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Governor-General of
Pakistan, visited the squadron on 11th April, 1948. He
appreciated the standard of guard of honour presented to him
on the occasion and was pleased by the well-kept array of
fighters around the saluting base.
In February, 1949 came Air Vice Marshal R. L. R. Atcherley,
Air Commander RPAF, and in November, 1951 General Muhammad
Ayub Khan, C-in-C Pakistan Army, visited the squadron mess.
Four pilots, Flt. Lt. A. N. Aziz, Flt. Lt. Rahim Khan, Flg.
Off. Masroor Hosain and Flg. Off. F. S. Hussain, took part
in an air display staged in Lahore on March, 21, 1948.
Pilots of the squadron participated in the fly-past on
Harvards in honour of the Quaid-e-Azam's visit to Risalpur
on April 13, 1948.
The squadron carried out fly-past over Karachi on Pakistan's
first anniversary on August 14, 1948. It was an excellent
performance in spite of the fact that R/T of formation
leader Sqn. Ldr. S. A. Aziz failed; he lost contact with
display tower, but the timing of fly-past was accurate up to
Pilot Officer I. A. Rafiqui died in air accident at Lahore
in June, 1951. He was elder brother of Sqn. Ldr. (Shaheed)
Sarfaraz A. Rafiqui H. J.
In November, 1951 Sqn. Ldr. F. S. Hussain took over as
On February 12, 1952, Sqn. Ldr. F. S. Hussain received the
Perry Keene Inter Squadron Armament Trophy from the
Commander-in-Chief Air Vice Marshal L. W. Cannon.
Pilot Officer Sarfraz A. Rafiqui was posted to the squadron
on November 4, 1953; he left on December 2, 1953.
Squadron Leader M. Z. Masud (later Air Commodore and Base
Commander of PAF Base Sargodha during 1965 war with India)
took over as the Squadron Commander on April 12, 1954.
On May 27, 1956, a Fury aircraft of the squadron landed at
The squadron, using F-86F Sabre aircraft for the first time,
took part in Republic Day fly-past held on March 23, 1957 at
Sqn. Ldr. Sarfraz A. Rafiqui took part over as the Squadron
Commander in March 1963.
Sqn. Ldr. S. A. Rafiqui, Sqn. Ldr. Wiqar Azim, Flt. Lt.
Yunus Hussain, Flt. Lt. Cecil Chaudhry, Flt. Lt. A. H. Malik,
Flg. Off. Khalid Iqbal, Flg. Off. Imtiaz Ali and Flg. Off.
I. A. Bhatti took part in Kashmir operation from September 1
to September 5, 1965, and from September 6 to 23, 1965 in
the war against India.
On 21st September, 1972 the squadron was presented the
Nominal Roll of Officers on 15th August, 1947:
Pak No. Rank Name
1672 Sqn. Ldr. Z. Ahmed
3002 Flg. Off. F. S. Hussain
3241 Flg. Off. S. Khan
2879 Flg. Off. J. Afridi
3149 Flg. Off. Akhtar
3139 Flg. Off. M. W. Sheikh
2379 Flg. Off. S. I. R. Bokhari
2977 Flg. Off. M. W. Khan
2976 Flg. Off. M. I. Rahman
Sqn. Ldr. Sarfraz A. Rafiqui (Shaheed) H. J., S. J.
Flt. Lt. Yunus Hussain (Shaheed) S. J.
Flt. Lt. Cecil Chaudhry S. J.
Wg. Cdr. Hakimullah S. J.
Sqn. Ldr. Farooq Umar S. J.
Flt. Lt. Javed Qazi S. J.