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No. 18 Squadron History: 1947-1982

The squadron took active part in the 1965 war with India, its pilots moving between Mauripur and Sargodha, and each one of them having a share in giving decisive blows to the enemy. The squadron's role was mostly close support and strikes, and the pilots were commended by the Army Area Commander. Flt. Lt. Amanullah Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Jurat, while Sqn. Ldr. S. Moin Rab, Flt. Lt. Ali Imam Bokhari and Flg. Off. Mazhar Amin were awarded Imtiazi Sanad. Flt. Lt. Sheikh M. Saleem and Flt. Lt. Amanullah Khan S. J. were awarded Tamgha-i-Difa's with Clasp Dir-Bajaur 1960-62. Flt. Lt. S. M. Saleem was awarded Sitara-i-Bisalat. During the 1971 war, the squadron flew 319 missions of 314:50 hours, comprising close air support, airfield strikes and fighter sweeps.

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