Eleven fighter squadrons and one bomber squadron located at eight bases
were arrayed against PAF's sole F-86 squadron at Tezgaon. Places where
significant operations took place are indicated as black squares.
|Escape route of 14 Squadron pilots to Akyab (Sittwe).|
Badly outnumbered in men and material, fighting in the midst of a hostile population that was constantly betraying their locations to the Indians and, with a completely broken down communications and logistics infrastructure, the Eastern Command managed to hold out for a remarkable 26 days. Any chance of a last stand for
 IAF had deployed four Hunter squadrons, three each of MiG-21s and Gnats and one each of Su-7s and Canberras.
 This figure is quoted by Lt Gen Niazi in his book, The Betrayal of East Pakistan, Chapter 14, page 237.
This article was published in 'Defence Journal', Nov 2012 issue.