8 Pass Charlie an Unsung Hero of Pakistan (Leader Najeeb Ahmed Khan)

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Introduction:

AllegiancePakistan
ServicesPakistan Air Forces
RankUnknown
BattleIndia-Pakistan war
Battle Year1965
UnitNumber 7 Squadron, Bandits
AwardsSitara-e-Imtiaz

In many heroes of Pakistan that are famous in history, but there are some unsung heroes that were not shown to us at all. These were not shown on TV media and in our books. One of them was “8-Pass Charlie” and his real name was “Najeeb Ahmed Khan”. He was the Pakistani bomber jet pilot of Pakistan Air Force of the jet “B-57”. He was known to be as “Bomber Ace Pilot” which attacked the Indian forces at “Adampur Airbase” of the Indian Punjab. He did attack many times during the India & Pakistan war in 1965. He was the “Solo-pilot” that attacked the Indian forces with only one bomb and with the speed of light he comes back. The Indian forces gave the name of “8-Pass Charlie” due to his 8 attacks which were on the 100% accuracy on the target[1].

Fighter Jet B-57 Raiding on Indian Forces:

In the war of India and Pakistan, the Pakistani bomber of B-57 attacked the Indian airfields of Northern India (Indian Punjab). To avoid the Indian forces, he was the solo pilot attack with the speed of light and prevent himself from Indian Counter attacks. The Pakistani Air Force attacked the Indian Air force fields when they went for the rest and completed their task. These B-57 bomber jets were going from different airbases and attacks on them. The solo pilot “Najeeb Ahmed” was attacked on the Indian Air Fields and arrived at the exact 30 minutes after the moon rise. He attacked the Indian Air Force with very intelligent and with the accuracy of 100% target[2].

September 1965 war B-57 Bombers going for attack

The bomber jets are very heavy and have a bomb weight about 500lbs. These jets cannot prevent easily from the enemy’s attack due to the heavyweight and a lot of weapons and bombs, if they came into the enemy radar. “Najeeb Ahmed khan” attacks at the night exact after 30 minutes of moon arrive. He dropped a bomb on the exact target with a hundred percent accuracy and before dropping a bomb, he turned off the plane and took a cut, dropped a bomb with the diving of his plane. Before the Indian Force attacked him, he went back and prevent their radars[2]. They always missed him and failed to kill him. The B-57 bomber jets can take 8 bombs and “Najeeb Ahmed Khan” which was the solo pilot, attacked in the moonlight targeted the single point with a single bomb. He gave the tough time of about 2200 hours alone to the “Adampur Base” with his bomber jet B-57 in the war on 6th September 1965. He always did eight passes in a routine wise and raided on the Indian Air Bases with the exact target in the moonlight.

These jets have 8 bombs due to which they have to dropped more bombs as compared to other fighter jets. They almost dropped all bombs due to which 2 or more bombs target the single point and the accuracy not better.

B-57 bomber jet
B-57 Bomber jet historic image

Kills:
One of the most powerful and confirmed attacks on the MIG-21 in the operational Readiness Platform which was about to take off. At that time, the “Najeeb Ahmed Khan” attack on him on his first raid at about 12:00 AM with his jet on 6th September 1965[3].

Technique Used by Najeeb Ahmed Khan:

When he was going to attack the Indian air Base, he turned off the engine with his plane dive after taking a cut. He climbed over the bomb’s umbrella and low pass flying over the Indian Air Force base. Then he dropped a single bomb on the target with 100% accuracy and destroy it. He didn’t in hurry to do an attack on the enemies. He attacked on the enemies very carefully and intelligently. He had no fear from death and flying low pass when he attacked Indian Bases. When the Indian force realizes that the jet came, he uses the full thrust of his jet and went back to the Base. Similarly, he did about 8 attacks on the Indian Airbases in “Adampur Base”. The Indian Air Force was very impressed and give tribute to the Pakistan Air Force of an unknown bomber pilot.   

Indian Air Forces Tribute to Najeeb Ahmed:

Paddy Earle, The Indian Air Forces (IAF) tribute to the unknown ace pilot by saying that:

“I have the utmost respect for the Pakistani Canberra bloke who loved to ruin the equanimity of our dreary lives! 8-Pass Charlie was an ace, but he had this nasty habit of turning up about 30 min. after moonrise, just as we were downing our first drink! Seriously, he was a cool dude and a professional of the highest order. To disguise the direction of his run, he used to cut throttles before entering a dive and by the time the ack-ack opened up he was beneath the umbrella of fire. After dropping his load he’d apply full throttle and climb out above the umbrella.[4]

Stars of 6th September 1965[5]:

India and Pakistan war was in full of peak and some stars turn the war from failure to victory. The stars which make the country’s name brighten are:

  1. Saif-ul-Azam Muhammad
  2. Muhammad Alam Air Commander
  3. Rias A Rafi
8-Pass-Charlie
8 Pass charlie with the group of Squadron

Awards:
He was awarded with the highest gallantry award of “Sitara-e-Jurat”, due to his bravery and the intelligence.

He was the Unsung hero of Pakistan which was not shown to us. “Najeeb Ahmed Khan” was not forgettable pilot which will always membered. But the media and TV did not tell about him and his bravery. Maybe, the media will not tell about him and our next generation do not aware of his bravery and intelligence.

An unsung hero of Pakistan “Najeeb Ahmed Khan” fame name (8-Pass charlie)

Reference:

1.            Wikipedia. 25th July 2020; Available from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8-Pass_Charlie.

2.            defence.pk. 25th July 2020; Available from: https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/the-mystery-of-8-pass-charlie-solved.516985/

3.            peoplepill. 25th july 2020; Available from: https://peoplepill.com/people/8-pass-charlie/.

4.            imgur. 25th July 2020; Available from: https://imgur.com/gallery/dnQQnU2

5.            wikivisually. 25th July 2020; Available from: https://wikivisually.com/wiki/8-Pass_Charlie.


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