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The End of a Hero
Size: 2ft x 3ft Oil   Date: 6-Sep-65
Artwork Located:
Officer's Mess PAF Base Rafiqui

Description:
Deep into enemy territory three F-86s - not the originally planned eight - tightly manoeuvre in mortal combat against ten or more IAF Hunters near their Halwara air base. Seconds earlier, the formation commander, Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Rafiqui, has shot down a Hunter and now his second mark is perfectly under his guns. Suddenly, Rafiqui slides back, his guns jammed and useless, but determined to fight on. Saving precious moments he instructs his No 2, "Cecil, take over lead" and falls behind to let his wingman shoot and to give him cover, and while doing so loses his life. Cecil downs another Hunter but there are many more, in every direction. The remaining two, Flight Lieutenants Yunus Hussain and Cecil Chaudhry fight on in the footsteps of their leader. Between them No 5 Squadron's three F-86s account for five Hunters, before Cecil returns to Sargodha alone.



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