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Group Captain Vijay Kumar Narayan Sapre

Service No 11285 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 16 Aug 1945
Date Commissioned 31 Dec 1967 Course 98 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Aug 1997
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1991
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

11 May 1987 - 20 Jun 1989Wg CdrNo.109 Helicopter UnitSulur Commanding Officer
- 31 Aug 1997Gp Capt42 WingMohanbari Station Commander
07 Jun 1993 - 21 May 1996Gp CaptHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrVijay Kumar Narayan Sapre11285 F(P)Award Date 11 Oct 1987Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Wing Commander Vijay Kumar Narayan Sapre was involved in planning and execution of Helicopter Operations in support of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka from the beginning. On the night of 11th/12th October 1987, Wing Commander Sapre led the night Special Heliborne operations comprising four Mi-8 aircraft. He successfully carried out the entire mission landing the troops at the designated helipad, which was under heavy fire by the militants. However, since this was a critical mission, he displayed outstanding grit and courage and completed three successful missions. Through, heavy damage was caused to his helicopter, Wing Commander Sapre quickly assessed the situation and flew back the aircraft to base with great skill.

Wing Commander VKN Sapre has flown 150 sorties in the area out of which 76 have been flown during the current hostile phase.

Wing Commander Vijay Kumar Narayan Sapre thus displayed conspicuous gallantry and professional competence in the face of militants.

Unit : 109 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 20th April 1988 - No.37 - Pres/88 dated 15th April 1988