Khademul Bashar joined the WAR OF LIBERATION in 1971, and though an officer of the Air Force he was deputed to command the land force in the districts of Rangpur and Dinajpur (Sector 6). After liberation he was appointed as Brigade Commander in Rangpur, and was promoted to the rank of Group Captain in February 1972. He returned to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) service in July 1972, and was posted as lieutenant in BAF Dhaka Base.
Khademul Bashar was promoted to the rank of Air Commodore in October 1973, and was appointed Deputy Chief of Air Staff in charge of operation and training. He was appointed Chief of Air Staff in 1976. With his elevation to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (3 May 1976) he was appointed Deputy Chief Martial Law Administrator in charge of the Ministries of Petroleum, Food and Civil Aviation, and Department of Tourism.
Khademul Bashar had great contribution to the formation of the Bangladesh Air Force in 1971, and had vital role in rebuilding the Force after liberation. He was vested with the insignia of 'Bir Uttam' for his contribution to the War of Liberation. He died on 1 September 1976 in a plane crash while himself piloting an inaugural flight on the occasion of the opening of Flying Instructors School at BAF Dhaka Base. Dhaka Base was subsequently renamed after him as BAF Bashar Base.
[FM Mostafizur Rahman]