The Most Valiant Hero Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman

(29 October, 1941 – 20 August, 1971)

Resume In Short

Name: Matiur Rahman
Birth Year: 29 October, 1941
Birth Place: 109, Aga Sadek Road, Mobarak Lodge, Old Dhaka.
Father: Moulavi Abdus Samad
Mother: Mobarakunnesa Khatun
Designation: Flight Lieutenant
Sector In The Liberation War: Sector No 04
Death: 20 August, 1971
Graveyard: Mirpur Intellectual Graveyard, Dhak

Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman is a martyr freedom fighter. He joined the liberation war being a member of the sector number 4 on the year of 1971. He was one of them who gained the most distinguished “The Most Valiant Hero” award.

Birth and Education Life

Matiur Rahman was born on 29th October, 1941 at 109, Aga Sadek Road, Mobarak Lodge, Old Dhaka. His parental residence was at village of Ramnagar, thana of Raypura and district of Narsingdi. It is presently known as Matin-nagar. They were 9 brothers and 2 sisters in their family. Matiur was the 6th among the brothers and sisters. His father was Moulavi Abdus Samad and mother was Mobarakunnesa Khatun. He admitted in the Pakistan Air Force Public School at Sagorgoda. Before it he passed class 6 from the Dhaka Collegiate School. With Dictions, he passed in first division successfully.

Occupational Life

Matiur Rahman joined the Pakistan Air Force in 1961. On 1953 he got commission as a pilot officer from Risalpur P.A.F. College. After that he was appointed as the General Duty Pilot in Squadron of 2 Number Air Base at Karachi, Mouripur present Mashrur. Here he completed a conversion course on T-33 Jet Plane and promoted by acquiring 75.66% marks. Then he completed course on F-86 Sabor Jet Plane and acquire 81% marks. Having a good result in the conversion courses, he was posted to Peshowar( squadron no. 19).

He was on duty at the time of 1965, war between India-Pakistan as Flying Officer. Then he went to Sargoda further for Mid Conversion Course. There on 21st July, 1967 he showed his Paratrooper skill while flying a Mig-19 as pilot for its unexpected not working. On 1967 he was promoted as the Flight Lieutenant. He was the sole Bengali Aerobat while there was a Plane Aerobatics on the honor of the Iranian Queen Farah Diba at Peshowar. After working as Flying Instructor for 2 years in Risalpur, he was transferred as Jet Flying Instructor on 1970.

Contribution In The Liberation War

On the 1971 at the end of the January he came to Dhaka with his family for two months leave.On the 25th March night , he was at village of Ramnagar, Raypur. After starting of the war, having huge risk, he started a training camp in Voirob with great courage. There started to train the Bengali young men. He made meeting at Doulatkandi and went to the Voirob Bazar with a big procession. The arms collected from different areas by the freedom fighters, he formed a defensive force. When the Pakistani military attacked the Voirob, he made a strong defense with Bengal Regiment E.P.R. On April 14, 1971 he Pakistani Air Force attacked on their camp by aircraft F-86 Sabor Jet. This was assumed by him previously. So he re-located their camp and so he could manage to escape from huge loss.

Later on 23rd April, 1971 got back to Dhaka and returned to Karachi on 9th May with his family. After getting back to his workplace, he decided to snatch an aircraft and to join the liberation war. Then he was appointed as the Safety Officer of the Air Force. To occupy an aircraft, he targeted a trainee pilot named as Minhaj age of 21, for his flying on 20th August, 1971. He plan was after getting permission from the Control Tower, he would take over the control of the aircraft. According to the plan, after coming to office, he went to the eastern side of the runway at the scheduled time. It was a two front seated T-33 aircraft. Trainee pilot Minhaj was preparing for flying for the second time. After taking clearance from the control tower, the trainee pilot was about to fly but Matiur Rahman commanded him to stop as the safety officer. Minhaj stopped the air craft and opening the Canopy asked for the reason of stopping. At this time, Matiur Rahman got into the Cockpit and made him senseless with Chloroform. Before his being senseless, he could manage to inform the control room that the aircraft had been hijacked with him. The plane was behind the hill so nobody could see that. But the control tower got the message. And they were traced out by Radar. 4 another war aircraft rushed to them. Knowing the possible death, he drove the plane under limit of Radar and tried to enter into Bangladesh the then East Pakistan.

The Way of Becoming Martyred

Almost near to the Indian border, Minhaj got back his sense and tried to take the control of the plane. He wanted before hijacking of the plane it’s better to crash the plane. In the mean time they had collusion between them and in one stage Minhaj switch on the eject button and Matiur got out of the plane. As the plane was flying at low height, it was crushed far away from Indian border of 35 miles with Minhaj. Matiur had no pursuit that’s why he had to die. His dead body was found about half mile away.  On 20th August, 1971 Matiur and Minhaj died for their own country. The Bangladesh govt. awarded Matiur as the Most Valiant Hero and Pakistani govt. gave Minhaj their governmental award. It is a coincidence that, for the same phenomenon awarding of two nations is very rare.

Prizes And Awards

As it is said, Matiur was awarded as The Most Valiant Hero. Besides, the Jessore Air Force Base is also named after him. The Bangladesh Air Force has inaugurated a trophy named by him. The best performer of the air force is awarded by this award.

Re-location Of The Graveyard

After the martyrdom of 35 years, his remaining dead body was returned from Pakistan and was further gravened with state manner at Mirpur Intellectual Graveyard, Dhaka. It is a matter great sorrow that in Pakistan he was gravened at Masrur Base 4th class graveyard, Karachi.

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