Dhaka, December 08:- Valiant Freedom Fighter and Pilot of Kilo Flight Captain Akram Ahmed, Bir Uttom passed away due to pneumonia while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka on Monday (07-12-2020) at 11:50 am (Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilahi Raziun). He was 74 years old at the time of his death. He left behind his wife, daughter and relatives. His Namaz-e-Janaza was held on Tuesday (08-12-2020) at 1:30 pm at the parade ground of Bangladesh Air Force Base Bashar, Tejgaon, Dhaka. During this time, Bangladesh Air Force organized a fly-past in honour of his departed soul.
Earlier on behalf of Minister, Liberation War Affairs Ministry Additional Secretary M Idris Siddiqi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, Civil Aviation Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman and on behalf of Indian High Commission Defence Attache Brigadier JS Cheema paid homage to deceased by placing floral wreath at his cofin.
Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, ndu, psc, Defence Attache of Indian High Commission in Bangladesh Brig JS Cheema including senior military and civil officials, members of all ranks and relatives of the deceased attended his Namaz-e-Janaza. After Janaza, he was buried at Banani graveyard in Dhaka with state funeral.
It may be mentioned that during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, the journey of Bangladesh Air Force started on 28 September 1971 at Dimapur, India through Kilo Flight formed with 03 aircraft. The 50 successful operations of Kilo Flight, comprising of 10 officers and 47 Airmen, played a significant role in achieving independence of Bangladesh. Captain Akram Ahmed, Bir Uttom was a proud member of this Kilo Flight. He was born on 09 January 1946 in an aristocratic muslim family in Jashore.
In 1967, Captain Akram Ahmed, Bir Uttom was licensed as a commercial pilot. In April 1968, he joined Pakistan International Airlines as a pilot. Captain Akram Ahmed, Bir Uttom left for India on 07 April 1971 to participate in the War of Liberation. Later, he joined the Kilo Flight and trained on fighter aircraft. He conducted various important and courageous air operations including Guptakhal oil depot in Chattogram as a pilot of Otter aircraft during Liberation War.
As a pilot of Kilo Flight, Captain Akram Ahmed was awarded with the title of ‘Bir Uttom’ by the Government of Bangladesh for his outstanding heroism and bravery in the War of Liberation. From 1972 to 2006 he served in Biman Bangladesh Airlines and from 2006 to his death he served in different capacities at the Civil Aviation Authority, Headquarters Kurmitola. In his death, Bangladesh Air Force as well as Bangladesh have lost a fearless heroic freedom fighter, a fearless pilot who took strong steps to form the Bangladesh Air Force. The Bangladesh Air Force extended its condolence to the bereaved family and sought for the salvation of his departed soul.