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Close Support at Wagah
Size: 2ft x 3ft Oil   Date: 6-Sep-65
Artwork Located:
Inter Services Intelligence - Mess Hall

Description:
On the morning of 6 September 1965, a formation of 6 F-86s of No 19 Squadron attacked the advancing columns of Indian Army at Wagah. In 20 minutes of action, the Grand Trunk Road was littered with scores of burning tanks, armoured and soft vehicles. The formation was led by Squadron Leader Sajjad Haider with Flight Lieutenants M Akbar, Dilawar Hussain, Ghani Akbar and Flying Officers Khalid Latif and Arshad Chaudhry in his formation.

The vehicles of Indian armour which were advancing bumper to bumper on the G T Road had saffron roundels painted on them to help their own aircraft recognize them. But things happened the other way round: the PAF fighters spotted them first. The 5" rockets, which were used for the first time in combat by the PAF, had a devastating effect on the enemy armour.



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