|Service No & Branch||19534 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: 20 Mar 1968||Commissioned: 11 Jun 1988||Course: 141 Course|
|Service End:||Died in Service 28 Aug 1996|
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|Flt Lt||Sandeep Jain||19534 F(P)||Award Date 26 Aug 1996||Announced 15 Aug 1997|
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Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain was posted with a Helicopter Unit since 19 Dec 94. He was a disciplined and devoted officer of Indian Air Force. During the month of August 1996 Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain was on detachment to carry out air maintenance in OP Meghdoot area. During this period enemy had redeployed the forces in Southern glacier Area and had established new Bunkers at commanding positions directly threatening Indian Army Posts. Accessibility to our posts had also become extremely difficult since helicopter route to the post was under the enemy's constant watch and threat. It was a matter of great concern, since our post could not be air maintained under the circumstances. Withdrawing our forces was considered against the interest of National Security.
It was therefore decided to launch a few dedicated air maintenance stories to maintain crucial posts at Hoshiyar. Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain was detailed Captain of these special missions. He was thoroughly briefed about the risk involved. Notwithstanding the risk, dedicated crew under the Command of Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain undertook the challenging task bravely and intelligently. Two such missions were carried out successfully in spite of enemy's interference. During the third sortie on 26 Aug 96 after the load was dropped helicopter was engaged by the enemy ground forces and shot down killing Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain and his crew.
Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain showed exemplary courage and dedication by undertaking extremely difficult task in the face of known enemy threat and made ultimate sacrifice for the national interest.
|Unit : 130 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 1st November 1997 - No.84 - Pres/97 dated 15th August 1997|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|28 Aug 1996||Mil Mi-17||Flt Lt Sandeep Jain +|
Flt Lt Vaibhav Prahlhad Bhagwat +
|130 HU||Cr in Siachen Pakfir|