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Wing Commander Vonthibettu Prabhakara Hegde

Service No & Branch 3080 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 24 Aug 1925 Commissioned: 24 Feb 1945 Course: 30 Course
Service End: Retired on 01 Mar 1968 / Died on 07 Sep 2011
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 26 Feb 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1964
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Aug 1946 - 31 Aug 1946Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF To 12Sqn
15 Aug 1946 - 23 May 1947Fg OffrNo.12 Squadron, RIAFBhopal 
01 Jun 1947 - 09 Aug 1947Fg OffrNo.6 Squadron, RIAFMauripur 
31 Jan 1957 - 30 Sep 1958Sqn LdrNo.102 Survey FlightAgra Commanding Officer
02 Oct 1962 - 31 Oct 1965Wg CdrNo.6 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtVonthibettu Prabhakara Hegde3080 GD(P)Award Date 15 Feb 1949Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Flight Lieutenant (Now Squadron Leader) Vonthibettu Prabhakara Hegde (3080) put up consistent efforts from the day of the Kashmir Operations till “Cease fire.” He was in the thick of it right through and at all times showed the greatest determination and perseverance in carrying our arduous and difficult flights in providing transport support for POONCH, MENDHAR, URI, TITHWAL, KARGIL, DRAS and last, but not the least, to LEH. Both at Tithwal and at Uri, his aircraft was repeatedly hit and damaged. Considering the treacherous nature of the country and the frequent occasions when most of his transport flights had to be carried out under adverse weather conditions, it required great powers of endurance and skill on the part of this pilot. In carrying out his duties well, the officer set a fine example to others in his Flight to follow.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 12 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950
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