Pakistan Air Force Shot Down Our 35 Fighter planes in 1965 War during 2 days | Ex Indian Army Officer. The aerial phase of the war began on 1 September 1965 when the Indian Air Force (IAF) responded to an urgent call for air strikes against the Pakistani Army, which had launched an attack known as Operation Grand Slam. The IAF’s 45 Sqn was tasked to carry out Close air Support missions in support of Indian troops.
The squadron had recently been moved from Pune to Pathankot, after a merger of No 220 Sqn into it, under the command of Sqn. Ldr. S.K. “Marshal” Dhar. Three missions of four aircraft each were tasked, with the first wave taking off at 1719 hours