Matiur Rahman Bio, Born, Age, Height, Facts, Family, News, Secrets, Trivia,
- Name: Rahman Matiur
- Status: Bir Sreshtho of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Airforce Pilot
- Date of Birth: Born 29 October 1941
Why Matiur Rahman is Legend of Bangladesh?
Rahman Matiur was born 29 October 1941 and died on 20 August 1971 was a flight lieutenant of Pakistan Air Force and a receiver of Bir Sreshtho, the highest military award given a service member in Bangladesh for gallantry for his actions during the Liberation war of Bangladesh.
Rahman Matiur was known for his actions when he attempted to escape from Pakistan and pledged allegiance to Bangladesh struggle for independence by hijacking a Lockheed T-33 aircraft (codenamed Blue Bird)which was flown by a twenty-one-year-old Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, who was at the time carrying out his second solo flight. Rahman was said to have stopped the aircraft on the runway, climbed into the aircraft’s cockpit and hitting Minhas the pilot, rendering him unconscious. While he was approaching the India border, Minhas regained consciousness and a tussle ensued between Matiur and Minhas for who would have control over the aircraft which was flying low as at the time to avoid radar detection. He wasn’t strapped in due to struggle; he then released the canopy causing Rahman to fly out of the cockpit. The danger was imminent, Rashid Minhas tried effortlessly to regain control of the aircraft, but all effort was proved abortive because the T-33 is a low flying jet, flying extreme low as of the time. After a short while, the aircraft crashed nearby few kilometers from the Indian border
Early Life of Matiur Rahman
Matiur Rahman was born on 29 November 1941 in his ancestral home Mobarok Lodge on 109 Aga Sadek Road in old Dhaka. His father Maulvi Abdus Samad and his mother Syeda Khatun Mobarakunnesa. Rahman Matiur was the sixth among 11 siblings, nine brothers, and two sisters.
He finished his primary education at Dhaka College School. after concluding his education, he gained admission into the Pakistan Air Force School in Sargodha in West Pakistan. He joined the Pakistan Air Force college now the Pakistan Air Force Academy on 15th August 1961at Risalpur. Rahman Matiur graduated from the 36th GD (P) course thereafter inaugurated as a pilot officer and was posted at No. 2 Squadron of Mauripur Air Base (now Masroor) at Karachi in West Pakistan. He then went on complete the jet conversion training on T-33 jet trainers in that base. He was allowed for Fighter conversion training after he succeeded in passing the course with over 75% score. He trained using F-86 Sabre jets coming up top with an 81% score. Due to his outstanding result in his training course, he was then posted to No. 19 Squadron in Peshawar. He was promoted to Flying Officer during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. Just after the war, he went back to Sargodha to attend the MIG conversion course which led to his promoting of the rank of Flight Lieutenant in 1967.
Involvement in Bangladesh Liberation War
Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman was able to bypass security and smuggled the family of group Captain Taher Quddus on Royal Saudi Arabian c-130 transport plane bound for Riyadh during the Bangladesh war for liberation. Matiur Rahman was on leave and was on vacation with his family to Dhaka for two months at the end of January 1971. During the Pakistan Army crackdown codenamed Operation Searchlight carried out on 25 March 1971, he was staying in a Ramanagar Village in Raipur. In as much as he was a member of the Pakistan Air Force, Rahman opened a training camp in Vairab and started training Bengali people who volunteered to join the struggle spearheaded by Mukti Bahini. From the volunteering training, he put together a small defense force and a few weapons and ammunition they acquired. The camp in Vairab was bombed by the Pakistan Air Force on the 14 April 1971. But Matiur Rahman knew about the plan prior to the attack and was able to take proactive measures from it having an impact by changing the location of the camp. That singular action saved members of the defense force and other persons training from the air raid. His trained force partook in the battle against Pakistani military at the Bhairab.
But after so much pressure from his family, Matiur Rahman then returned to Dhaka on the 23rd April and then returned to his base to Karachi on 9th May with his family.
Death of Matiur Rahman
Matiur Rahman’s intention was to defect to India with an aircraft to join the war for Bangladesh liberation war. On 20 August 1971, Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas was meant to fly Lockheed T-33 training plane from the air base in Karachi. Rahman approached Minhas who was about to take off if he could be part of the mission. Rahman attempted to hijack the aircraft midflight planning to fly to India to join the struggle. He rendered Minhas unconscious; he then faced India, flying below the standard flight altitude to avoid radar detection. While approaching the India border, Minhas regained consciousness making him fully aware of the situation; they both wrestle for the flight control system. In an attempt to secure the jet, Minhas opened the canopy causing the plane to dive. The plane crashed approximately 32 miles from the Pakistani-Indian border near Thatta killing both men instantly. Matiur Rahman’s body was found near the crash site. Rahman’s wife Milly and his two daughters were arrested and put in prison by the Pakistan Air Force for a month, but later regained their freedom on the 29th September 1971.
Bir Sreshtho Medal
The Bir Sreshtho medal awarded is the highest Awarded in Bangladesh. The Bir Sreshtho is a military award of the Bangladesh military. The Bangladesh government in 1973 under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s government recognized 7 freedom fighters as Bir Sreshtho for their supreme sacrifice in the liberation war. Matiur Rahman was one of the 7 persons awarded amongst others.
Matiur Rahman’s was finally returned to Bangladesh on 24th June 2006 after over 30 of back and forth negotiations. His body was finally given a ceremonial and highly emblematic reburial in 2006, at the Martyred intellectuals Graveyard in Mirpur Dhaka with full military honors.
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