Today is the 48th death anniversary of Shaheed Flight Lieutenant Bir Shrestha Matiur Rahman, one of the most valiant heroes of the Liberation War of Bangladesh. On this day, he was martyred when the plane crashed.
Motiur Rahman was martyred when he hijacked a Lockheed T-33 aircraft from Pakistan’s Karachi Masroor airbase. The plane crashed in Thatta, 35 miles away from the Indian border. His body was found about half a mile from the spot.
He was awarded the highest national title ‘Bir Sreshtho’ for his courage and contribution during Liberation War.
Motiur Rahman was born on November 29, 1941. On July 21, while flying a MiG-19, he landed with a parachute with extraordinary skill when the aircraft suddenly out of gear in the sky.
Matiur Rahman was born in Old Dhaka Aga Sadek Road 109 in his ancestral houses “Mobarok Lodge”. His father was Maulvi Abdus Samad and his mother was Syeda Khatun Mobarakunnesa. Among nine brothers and two sisters, Rahman was the sixth.
His family was a solvent and middle class educated family. Matiur Rahman was very good in sport and other co-curricular activities. He developed a very good team spirit and comradeship from the very school life. He completed his primary education at Dhaka Collegiate School.
After that he was admitted into Pakistan Air Force School Sargodha in West Pakistan. In 15th August 1961, he joined in the Pakistan Air Force Academy (then Pakistan Air Force College) at Risalpur.
His rank was Flying Officer during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. After the war, he went back to Sargodha to attend the Mig Conversion Course. He was promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in 1967.
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.