Matiur Rahman

Full name: Matiur Rahman
Birth date:
November 29, 1941
Birthplace: Age Sadek Road, Old Dhaka
Died: August 20, 1971
Death Place:
Thatta, West Pakistan
Education: Pakistan Air Force Academy
Flight Lieutenant
Bir Sreshtho
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Spouse (s):
Milly Rahman
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Matiur Rahman is a martyred freedom fighter of the liberation war. He was awarded ‘Bir Sreshtho’ the highest recognition of bravery in the liberation war of Bangladesh. Matiur was a flight lieutenant in Pakistan Air Force. The fighter attempted to escape from Pakistan in pursuing to join the Bangladesh liberation war to hijack a Lockheed T-33 aircraft.

Early Life:

Matiur Rahman was born on November 29, 1941, at ‘Mobarok Lodge’, Age Sadek Road, Old Dhaka, Bangladesh to father Maulvi Abdus Samad and mother Syeda Khatun Mobarakunnesa. He was the sixth of nine children of his parents. He completed schooling at Dhaka Collegiate School. Then Rahman admitted into Pakistan Air Force Academy and passed matriculation with first division.

Matiur Rahman Career:

Matiur Rahman kicked off his career journey by joining the Pakistan Air Force. In 1963, he got commissioned as a pilot officer. Rahman was working as Flying Officer during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and was the only Bangladeshi pilot in an Air Exercise in honor of Iran’s Queen Farah in Peshawar.

Liberation War:

Matiur Rahman came to Dhaka in the last week of January 1971 on a two-month leave. He opened a training center in Bhairab Upazila to give training to the freedom fighters taking the highest risk as he was a Pakistani officer.

On May 9, Matiur returned to Karachi with the whole family. Returning to the job field, he decided to occupy fighter aircraft to join the liberation war with the aircraft. He attempted to his decision and targeted T-33 a training aircraft. He took control of the aircraft from Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas and flew it below the usual altitude to deceive the radar.

Minhas, the trainee pilot forced the aircraft to crash rather than allow the hijacking to succeed. The plane crashed near Thatta, 51 kilometers away from the Indian border and both men were killed. Rahman’s dead body was found near the crash site. His wife Milly and two daughters were imprisoned for a month by Pakistan Air Force. The two men were awarded by the respective countries for their contribution.


The Bangladesh Air Force’s Air Base is named in his honor in Jessore. Dining halls in the Cadet Colleges of Bangladesh are named after him.

Grave Transfer:

Matiur Rahman was buried in a fourth-class employees graveyard at Mashrur, Karachi. After 30 years of negotiations, Bangladesh was able to return Rahman’s body on June 24, 2006. Following a day, he was buried with full military honor at the Martyred Intellectual Graveyard, Mirpur, Dhaka.

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