g Cdr Mervyn Middlecoat (Shaheed), SJ with Bar Group Captain Muhammad Ali

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WWg Cdr Mervyn Leslie Middlecoat was born on 6July, 1931 at Ludhiana, India. He joined PAF in 1951 and won trophy for best performance alongside his wings on 2February, 1954. Heis one of the few gallant air warriors of PAF who had the honour of participating in both the 1965 and 71 wars against India.
During war of 1965 he was commanding the elite No 9 Sqn equipped with supersonic F-104’s. Sqn Ldr Middlecoat’s performance during the operations has been outstanding both on the ground and in the air.
He flew 17 air defence sorties and 3 photo sorties over the forward bases. For his leadership and devotion to duty he is awarded SJ.”
On the outbreak of war on 3 Dec 1971, Wg Cdr Mervyn L Middlecoat was on a training visit abroad. He returned to Pakistan immediately and joined operations with such keen interest that he inspired all Sqn pilots. The day after his arrival, he was detailed on a strike mission to the heavily defended Jamnagar airfield. While returning after the successful mission he was engaged by 2 enemy MiG-21s. In the encounter, an enemy missile hit his aircraft. He was heard to be ejecting in Indian Territory and was officially declared missing in action. For his devotion to duty, determination, and courage he is awarded a Bar to the SJ.