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Flying Officer Shailendra Eknath Sukthankar

Service No 2810 Branch GD(N)
Date of Birth: 03 Jan 1917
Date Commissioned 01 Dec 1943 Course
Service End No Details
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Fg Offr : 08 Sep 1943
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Distinguished Flying Cross
Plt OffrShailendra Eknath Sukthankar2810 GD(O)Award Date Announced 01 Sep 1943
Details : [83 Squadron, RAF] Pilot Officer CE Sukthanker was the first Indian Officer in the RAF to win a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was commissioned in March 1943 and, having trained as a navigator, took part in many bombing sorties over Berlin, Essen, Dortmund and other strongly defended urban and industrial centres in Germany. During these sorties, he displayed a high level of commitment, skill and efficiency.
Unit : 83 Sqn RAF
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