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Wing Commander Nuthalapati Koteswara Rao

Service No 15413 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 21 Apr 1957
Date Commissioned 07 Jul 1978 Course 121 Course
Service End Died in Service 04 Apr 1996
Remarks :
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrNuthalapati Koteswara Rao15413 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details : Wing Commander NK Rao (15413) F(P) was on posted strength of MOFTU AF from 12 June 1995 till his demise on 4 April 1996. He functioned as the Flight Commander of 'B' Squadron. During this period, Wg Cdr NK Rao flew 235 sorties / 126.15 hrs. He was an above average pilot, who was willing to undertake any mission with whole hearted enthusiasm. His personal involvement in the flying training contributed directly to the timely completion of the flying task of the squadron. Wg Cdr NK Rao was fatally injured in an air accident on 4 April 1996. He experienced engine failure oin a low level mission on MiG-21FL aircraft. He attempted relight, which was unsucessful. Subsequently, the ejection seat also malfunctioned, fatally injuring the pilot. Wg Cdr Rao made all attempts to save the aircraft. Despite his correct and prompt actions, his life was lost. For his distinguished service, devotion to duty and professional competance, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wg Cdr Rao Posthumously.
Unit : MOFTU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 14th March 1998 - No.29-Pres/98 dated 26th January 1998