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No. 20 Squadron History: 1947-1982

The squadron moved from Mauripur to Peshawar on 11th January, 1958 with RT-33 aircraft to be deployed on photo/reconnaissance duties, but subsequently it moved to Sargodha. It carried extensive aerial photography of tasks both of strategic and national interest, and played a vital role in photographing the Northern Areas and the Indus Basin. In the 1965 war with India, the squadron with Sqn. Ldr. M. M. Ahmed in command flew 60 sorties of 73:15 hours, including 24 photographic combat missions; 2498 negatives and 5808 prints were produced. Pilots who photographed enemy positions included Sqn. Ldr. M. M. Ahmed, Flt. Lt. A. A. Khawaja, Flg. Off. Ehtisham and Flg. Off. Inam.

The squadron continued to make valuable contribution in the field of aerial reconnaissance until April, 1972 when its aircraft, airmen, maintenance equipment, aerial cameras and other associated equipment was moved to No. 2 Squadron where a photo recce flight was established. It was also decided to resuscitate No. 20 Squadron as Tactical Attack and Recce Squadron, and on 15th June, 1977, the officers of No. 8 Squadron were posted to No. 20 Squadron with Wg. Cdr. Khalid Iqbal GD (P) as its first Officer Commanding; and on 21st August, 1977, two Mirage aircraft were allotted to it. The squadron has been tasked with the role of day/night photo recce and day bombing and strafing. Located at Rafiqui base the squadron has moved into the old building of No. 11 Squadron. It received its first consignment of four Mirage-III RP aircraft on 26th and 27th October, 1977. The squadron operated seven aircraft in the Pakistan Day Parade fly-past held in Peshawar on 23rd March, 1978; it was presented the Squadron Colour on 6th April, 1978.

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