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Wing Commander Jois Nagaraj

Service No 10451 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Dec 1945
Date Commissioned 29 Oct 1966 Course 96 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Aug 1993
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrJois Nagaraj10451 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1985
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Squadron Leader Jois Nagaraj has been on the posted strength of a transport squadron since 23 Oct 78. Throughout his transport flying experience over 2700 hours, he has had an accident­free record. He is a dependable flier always willing to accept and accomplish with dedication and professional skill any difficult task allotted to him.

On 14 Dec 83, he was detailed as captain of an aircraft for a cross country flight from Allahabad to Delhi. When he was approximately 155 miles from Delhi, the port rudder of his aircraft malfunctioned, resulting in severe engine and Airframe vibrations. Feathering of the port engine reduced the intensity of vibrations marginally. There was limited directional control and gyro instruments had toppled. Severe vibrations made it difficult to read other instruments accurately. In spite of such a dangerous situation, he resisted the temptation of crash­landing the aircraft and continued flying the aircraft for 37 minutes and landed safely at Agra.

He thus displayed thorough professionalism and courage of a high order in the face of a highly grave situation and in doing so he saved the lives of all the crew and a valuable aircraft.

His courageous act has been a source of inspiration and an example to all other aircrew in the unit.

For his display of exemplary courage, devotion to duty and flying skill of a high order, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Squadron Leader Jois Nagaraj.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th April 1985 - No.29-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1985