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William D Harney: A Christian Squadron Leader


William D Harney was a Christian squadron Leader who awarded Sitara-i- Jurat due to his courageousness performance and professional ability during Indo-Pak wars 1965 and 1971.

William D Harney
William D Harney was born in Chittagong in 1937. He received early education at St. Placids. Afterwards he joined Pakistan Air Force (PAF) academy in 1957 and graduated in 1960.

Flight Lieutenant William D. Harney’s daring performance and professional ability during the indo-pak wars 1965 and 1971 has been of the highest order. Despite his hand injury, the officer voluntarily carried out all available bombing missions and particularly the most risky ones to Ambala, Pathankot, Adampur, Halwara and Jodhpur.

In all the missions he excelled in qualities of bravery, leadership and dedication to duty. His mission planning and execution of the missions has been of the highest rank despite heavy odds. He always completed his targets and made noteworthy contribution to precise attacks. During the Indo-Pakistan War, he completed total 14 operational missions and every one of them has been of substantial importance to the overall superiority of the Pakistan Air Force. Flight Lieutenant William D. Harney was awarded Sitara-i-Jura for his courage and dedication to duty.

Squadron Leader W.D. Harney also took part enthusiastically in the 1971 war and commenced a number of daring missions. In 1974, he retired from duty and decided to settle in Australia to join to his ailing father.