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Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Jain

Service No 19534 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Mar 1968
Date Commissioned 11 Jun 1988 Course 141 Course
Service End Died in Service 26 Aug 1996
Remarks :
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Shaurya Chakra
Flt LtSandeep Jain19534 F(P)Award Date 26 Aug 1996Announced 15 Aug 1997
Details :

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

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
28 Aug 1996Mil Mi-17Flt Lt Sandeep Jain*
Flt Lt V P Bhagwat*
130HUCr in Siachen Pakfire 6killed