Khademul Bashar

M Khademul Bashar, Bir Uttom (1 September 1935 – 1 September 1976) was Chief of Air Staff of the Bangladesh Air Force during 1976. He also held the office of Deputy Chief Martial Law Administrator and was in charge of the Ministry of Petroleum, the Ministry of Food and Civil Aviation and the Department of Tourism.

Air Vice Marshal

Khademul Bashar
Born1 September 1935
Natore, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died1 September 1976
Tejgaon, Bangladesh
AllegianceBangladeshBangladesh
Service/branch Bangladesh Air Force
AwardsBir Uttom

Early lifeEdit

Bashar was born in Natore on 1 September 1935 and educated at Satkhira Prananath High School and Rajshahi College.[1]

CareerEdit

As Wing Commander he served as Senior Operations Officer of Tejgaon Air Base, including with responsibility of overall security of Dhaka International Airport until 27 March 1971.[citation needed] Group Captain A. K. Khandker, Bashar, and several other pilots defected in May 1971 and escaped to India.[2] He was among the only two BAF officers appointed as BDF Sector Commander during Bangladesh War of Independence with Pakistan by C-in-C Colonel M.A.G Osmani who appointed him BDF Commander Sector 6. The other officer being Squadron Leader M. Hamidullah Khan, who was serving as Asst. Provost Marshal and second in command of security and investigations at PAF Tejgaon Air Base and Dacca International Airport until March 1971. Later on November 3 C-in-C Col. M.A.G Osmani appointed M. Hamidullah Khan as BDF Commander Sector 11.[citation needed]

DeathEdit

Bashar died on 1 September 1976 in an air crash. He was attending the inauguration of the Flying Instructors School at Tejgaon in Dhaka. On its maiden flight, an NZAI Air Tourer rolled over and crashed nose down into the airfield. Both the pilot Sqn Ldr Haq and Bashar were killed instantly.[3] BAF Base at Tejgaon, Dhaka has been renamed Base Bashar in his honour.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rahman, FM Mostafizur (2012). "Bashar, Air Vice Marshal M Khademul". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ Alam, Badrul (March 1973). "How Bangladesh Air Force was Born". Indian Left Review. II (1): 67.
  3. ^ "Chronological Listing of Bangla-Deshi Air Force Losses & Ejections". Archived from the original on 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal M. G. Tawab
Chief Of Air Staff
1976
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Abdul Gafoor Mahmud