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Pilot Officer Vaibhav Prahlhad Bhagwat

Service No 23546 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth:
Date Commissioned 17 Jun 1995 Course 155 Course
Service End Died in Service 26 Aug 1996
Remarks :
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Plt OffrVaibhav Prahlhad Bhagwat23546 F(P)Award Date 26 Aug 1996Announced 15 Aug 1997
Details :

Pilot Officer Vaibhav Bhagwat was on the posted strength of 130 Helicopter unit since 22 Jul 96 till 26 Aug 96, when he laid down his life for the country.

Pilot Officer Vaibhav Bhagwat was detailed as a co-pilot for crucial air-maintenance sorties in Op-Meghdoot area during the month of Aug 1996 when enemy had redeployed forces threatening out posts in the area. On 26 Aug 96, a special sortie was undertaken in Mi-17 Helicopter to Hoshiyar post on the Southern Glacier. The post was threatened by enemy fire but air maintenance was planned to drop essential supplies to maintain our troops. After the load was dropped, the helicopter was engaged by enemy ground fire and shot down killing all the occupants.

Pilot Officer Vaibhav Bhagwat displayed exhibiting bravery, courage and devotion to his duty of the highest order and laid down his life for the country in the true tradition of the Indian Air Force.

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