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Peter Christy: A Christian Bomber Pilot and Weapon System Officer

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Peter-Christy

Squadron leader Peter Christy was born in 1937. He was a B-57 Canberra Navigator, Pakistan Air Force Bomber Pilot and Weapons Systems Officer.

After his relentless services, in 1971 he was reported missing in action while on a navigator bombing mission to Jamnagar. Christy was widely presumed dead by the Pakistan Defense Forces as of 2004.

Born in Karachi, son of Maula Bakhsh, Christy was schooled at St. Patrick’s High School in Karachi. Nicknamed ‘fire master’ Christy was a fire fighter in the Air force and originally belonged to Multan.

Christy entered PAF in 1955 and graduated from a basic flying course in 1958. After officially beginning his career as a Flying Commission Officer in 1962, he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in 1964.

After serving many successful operational missions in the 1965 war, his efforts gained him praise and appreciation. In a ceremony held by the Pakistani Government, the Tamgha-e-Jurat was conferred upon him for his relentless services to the Pakistan Air Force. It was in 1968 that he was promoted to the rank of squadron leader.

While on board a deputation with Pakistan International Airlines, Christy was informed of the Indo-Pak war in 1971. He volunteered to return to his war duties and reported to Group Captian Cecil Chaudry. Christy was then taken on as a aerial bomber and sent on operations.

Along with wing commander Stephen Israel, Christy prepared for the DO-OR-Die mission to bomb an Indian Air Force station in Jamnagar. On duty as a navigator, Peter Christy was reported missing in action and his aircraft was presumably shot down by the Indian Air force. The mission however was completed successfully.

For his personal example and complete devotion to duty, he has been awarded the Sitara-i-Jurat (Star of Courage). The Government of Pakistan awarded him the third highest military award. His sense of humor under war conditions, his dedication to the cause of the country and his personal courage contributed immensely to the Squadron’s morale.

Peter Christy is a national hero and his efforts have made us proud. It is interesting to note that out of a total of 70 Sitara-e-Jurats awarded to PAF officers in both the Wars, seven were won by Christian officers.