Pakistani Air Losses of the 1971 War (Official List)

Given below is the official list of aircraft losses in Pakistan to all causes, Combat, Non-Combat, Accidents, etc. The Indian Air Force and Army had claimed a total of 94 Aircraft as destroyed, against which less than half which are attributable to direct Indian Action are acknowledged. There were 51 airframe losses in Pakistan, roughly 80 % are from the Pakistan Air Force, the remaining being from the Pakistan Army, the Pakistan International Airlines and some other aircraft belonging to Neutral Countries. An Unusual Cause is the "self destruction to prevent capture by Indian Forces" of Eleven Sabres and Two T-33 Trainers in the Eastern Sector. However. Five of the Sabres were recovered and flown again by the Bangladesh Air Force.

  East West Total
PAF Aircraft Lost in the Air Combat 5 5 10
PAF Aircraft Lost to AA Fire 0 7 7
PAF Aircraft Lost in Accidents 0 4 4
PAF Aircraft Dest in IAF Attacks 0 8 8
PAF Aircraft Destroyed by self . 13 0 13
TOTAL PAF aircraft 18 24 42
Non PAF Aircraft lost in IAF Raids 4 2 6
Non PAF Aircraft. 1 2 3
TOTAL aircraft (All) 23 28 51
Pakistan Air Force 42
Pakistan Army Aviation 2
Pakistan International Airlines 2
Other Bodies(Civ : 3, RCAF :1, USAF :1) 5
TOTAL 51
Aircraft Type Lost East West Total
F-86 Sabre 16 12 28
F-104 Starfighter 0 3 3
MiG-19 (F-6) 0 4 4
T-33 2 0 2
B-57 Canberra 0 5 5
Miscellaneous 5 4 9
TOTAL 23 28 51

LISTING OF AIRCRAFT LOST DETAILS SECTOR WISE:

Eastern Sector

 

No Unit Pilot Name Remarks

<22-Nov-71

 

<1

 

<F/L Parvez Mehdi Qureshi(PW)

Gnat F/L M A Ganapathy.

<22-Nov-71

 

<1

 

<F/O Khalil Ahmed(PW)

SD by GnatF/O D Lazarus

<04-Dec-71

 

<1

 

<W/C S M Ahmed (KIA)

 

<04-Dec-71

 

<1

 

<F/L Saeed Afzal Khan (KIA)

 

<04-Dec-71

 

<1

 

<F/O Sajjad Noor

 
.

 

<04-Dec-71

 

<1

<PIA

 

<05-Dec-71

 

<3

Civilian  

<Undated

 

<1

<Army

 
.

 

<16-Dec-71

 

<11

   

<16-Dec-71

<T-33

<2

   
.

 

.
Western Sector

 

No

<Sqn

<Name

<Remarks

<04-Dec-71

 

<1

17 Sqn.

<F/L Nayyar Iqbal (KIA)

Flame out after TO from Shorkot

<05-Dec-71

 

<1

7 Sqn.

<S/L Khusro(KIA),
S/L Peter Chisty(KIA)

 

<05-Dec-71

 

<1

7 Sqn.

<S/L Ishfaq Hameed(KIA),
F/L Zulfiqar Ahmed(KIA)

 

<05-Dec-71

 

<1

7 Sqn.

<F/L Javed Iqbal(KIA), 
F/L G M Malik (KIA)

 

<06-Dec-71

 

<1

9 Sqn.

S/L Amjad Hussain (PW)

 

<07-Dec-71

MiG-19 (F-6)

<1

11 Sqn.

F/L Wajid Ali Khan (PW)

 

<07-Dec-71

 

<1

15 Sqn.

<F/O Hamid Khawaja

Flame out during chase . Ejected

<07-Dec-71

 

<1

18 Sqn.

<S/L Cecil Choudhry

 

<08-Dec-71

 

<1

26 Sqn.

<F/L Fazal Elahi (KIA)

 

<08-Dec-71

MiG-19 (F-6)

<1

23 Sqn.

<F/O Afzal Jamal Siddiqui (KIA)

Flew through debris of Su-7, Accident

<10-Dec-71

 

<1

26 Sqn.

<S/L Aslam Choudhry (KIA)

SD by Hunter  S/L R N Bharadwaj

<12-Dec-71

 

<1

9 Sqn.

<W/C M H Middlecoat (KIA)

 

<12-Dec-71

MiG-19 (F-6)

<1

23 Sqn.

<F/L Ejazuddin

 

<13-Dec-71

 

<1

19 Sqn.

<F/O N N A Baig (KIA)

SD by Hunter, Talhar by S/L F J Mehta

<17-Dec-71

 

<1

9 Sqn.

<F/L Samad Ali Changezi (KIA)

SD by MiG-21 Naya Chor, F/LA K Dutta

<17-Dec-71

MiG-19 (F-6)

<1

25 Sqn.

<F/O Shahid Raza (KIA)

 
.

 

<04-Dec-71

 

<1

<.  

<06-Dec-71

 

<1

<.  

<08-Dec-71

 

<5

<.  

<08-Dec-71

 

<1

<.  
.

 

<05-Dec-71

 

<1

<RCAF

<Chaklala, Destroyed by Hunters

<05-Dec-71

 

<1

<USAF

<Chaklala, Destroyed by Hunters

<08-Dec-71

 

<1

<Army

 

<10-Dec-71

 

<1

<PIA

 
.

 

Legend:

KIA : Killed in Action
FTR : Failed to Return
AAA : Anti Aircraft Artillery
NCR : Non Combat Related
Pt   : Pilot
SD  : Shot Down
PIA : Pakistan International Airlines.
RCAF :Royal Canadian Airforce
USAF: United States Air Force.
Civ : Civilian
LMG : Light Machine Gun


Notes:

 

Acknowledgements:

Special Thanks to  VP, Tomas Polak of Czechoslavakia .

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