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The Glorious Seventeen Days September 1965 War

September 8, 1965

The enemy raided various tracks in Pakistan in two separate waves on the night of 7th and 8th September. In each case, the point of entry was Sulemanki area. The details of the first wave are as follows:

Two Canberras were picked up at 1959 hours.

Two Canberras were picked up at 2005 hours.

Two Canberras were picked up at 2009 hours.

Two Canberras were picked up at 2013 hours.

The enemy bombed Sargodha, Chak Jhumra and Risalewala airfields but the bombs in each case fell wide off the targets without causing any damage. Three F-104s were scrambled for interception but no contact was made.

The second wave of Canberra bombers appeared as follows:

One Canberra at 3000, 10 miles north-east of Chak Jhumra (time not recorded).

One Canberra at 0111 hours.

One Canberra at 0112 hours.

One Canberra at 0113 hours.

One Canberra at 0119 hours.

One F-104 and one F-86 were scrambled at 0114 hours and 0117 hours respectively. The Canberra could not make it to any of the PAF airfield and dropped their bomb load aimlessly over villages. No contact could be made by our interceptors.

 
 
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