Waleed Ehsanul Karim

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Flg Offr Waleed Ehsanul Karim
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Waleed Ehsanul Karim
Nickname(s) Waleed
Born July 1944
Harbang, Chakaria, Cox's Bazar, British India, Present Day Bangladesh
Died 19 April 1965
Near Karachi
Allegiance Pakistan Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1963 - 1965
Rank US-O2 insignia.svg Flying Officer (Lieutenant)
Unit 17th Squadron (the Tigers)
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Signature Waleed Signature.JPG

Flying Officer Waleed Ehsanul Karim, Shaheed (Martyr) (Bengali: ওয়ালীদ এহসানুল করিম) (July 1944, Harbang, Chakaria – 19 April 1965, Karachi) was a Pakistan Air Force's fighter pilot and one of the youngest F-86 Sabre Jet pilots in the entire world.[1]


Karim was born in July 1944 to Captain Advocate Fazlul Karim and Nazmunnisa Chowdhurani at Harbang, Chakaria, Cox's Bazar, British India (now in Bangladesh). He had completed his Senior Cambridge from PAF Public School Sargodha (formerly PAF College Sargodha) in April 1961 (5th Entry, Sabre House) and joined the Pakistan Air Force in August 1961.

PAF career[edit]

He was commissioned in the PAF on 22 June 1963 in the 36th GD(P) Course. He was the Wing Under Officer (WUO). He was also selected for Sword of Honor but did not get it. In a debate in the academy he had mentioned the Language Movement of 1952 which compelled the government to establish Bengali at par with Urdu. He was later nominated as Pakistan Air Force Basketball team captain at Air Force Academy, Risalpur.

Waleed with Matiur Rahman and Momtaz.
Waleed poses in front of his F-86 Sabre.

Fighter Pilot of PAF[edit]

After Commissioning Waleed was posted at No. 2 Squadron of Mauripur Air Base at Karachi. After successfully completing the Jet Conversion Training on T-33 jet trainers at Mauripur he was earmarked for Fighter Conversion Training with F-86 Sabre. Then he was posted in Peshawar (in No.19 Squadron) due to his performances in the Fighter Conversion Course.

He was famous for his daring stunts with his F-86 Sabre. He took part in the Republic Day fly past at Rawalpindi on 23 March 1964. He died when his recently repaired aircraft (which was hit by anti-aircraft guns at Rann of Kutch in the morning sortie) developed engine trouble and plunged into the Arabian sea about 10–15 miles off the south coast of Karachi in the night of 19 April 1965 when he was returning from a reconnaissance mission over Gujarat.

Indo-Pakistani 1965 War[edit]

He had participated at the Rann of Kutch battle by dropping smoke bombs in daytime to screen the infantry attacks. Neither his body, nor the aircraft was recovered. But a part of the rudder was later recovered from the same location after two months. At that time he was a fighter pilot of 17th Squadron (the Tigers) of the Pakistan Air Force. Air Marshal Azim Daudpota was his Squadron Leader during that time. Flight Lieutenant M. Matiur Rahman, Bir Sreshtho, Air Vice Marshal Momtaz Uddin Ahmed were his course mates in both Sargodha and Risalpur.


  1. ^ Bowman, Martin (2016-01-30). Cold War Jet Combat: Air-to-Air Jet Fighter Operations 1950-1972. Casemate Publishers. ISBN 9781473874626. 

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