Matiur Rahman (military pilot)
|Native name||মতিউর রহমান|
29 October 1941|
Dhaka, Bengal province (current Bangladesh)
|Died||August 20, 1971
Thatta, West Pakistan
|Allegiance||Pakistan (till March 1971) Bangladesh (after 1971)|
|Service/branch||Pakistan Air Force|
|Years of service||1963- 1971 (his death)|
|Unit||No. 2 Squadron|
|Battles/wars||Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 Bangladesh Liberation War|
Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman (Bengali: মতিউর রহমান) or M. Matiur Rahman (October 29, 1941 in Dhaka – August 20, 1971 in Thatta) was a pilot in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) when the Liberation War broke out.
For his attempt to hijack a military plane from the PAF and support the state of Bangladesh , he was decorated with the Bir Sreshtho award by Bangladesh which is the highest honor given. The Bangladesh Air Force's Air Base at Jessore is also named after him.
On 20 August, 1971 Rahman attempted to hijack a T-33 trainer from Karachi, Pakistan to India in order to join the Liberation movement of Bangladesh. The plane crashed in Thatta, 40 kilometres from the Indian border, because of the struggle to regain control of the plane by Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, who also died in the crash. Rahman's body, which was found near the crash site, was buried at the military graveyard at Masroor Air Base.[not in citation given] Rahman's widow, Milly, and his two infant daughters were imprisoned for a month by Pakistan Air Force, and were released on September 29, 1971.
After over 30 years of negotiations, Rahman's body was finally returned to Bangladesh on 24 June, 2006 for a ceremonial and highly symbolic reburial in 2006. He was buried at the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard, in Mirpur, Dhaka, with full military honours. His original burial in a nondescript grave in Pakistan had been a sore point between Bangladesh and Pakistan for decades.
- Matiur's remains received in state honour, Daily Star, June 25, 2006.
- Md Selim (2012). "Rahman, Birsrestha Matiur". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
- Rahman, Milly, Bir Shreshtho Matiur Smarak Grantho, Agami Prokashoni, Dhaka, 2005. pages 70–73.