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Wing Commander Desmond Eric Pushong

Service No 3122 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Jan 1924
Date Commissioned 09 Apr 1945 Course 31 Course
Service End Retired on 01 Dec 1966 / Died on 15 Oct 1998
Remarks : Disposal of Air India (GoI)
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 18 Dec 1950Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1965
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

04 Mar 1946 - Fg OffrNo.12 Squadron, RIAFRisalpur 
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrDesmond Eric Pushong3122 GD(P)Award Date 29 Mar 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

Flying Officer (Now Squadron Leader) Desmond Eric Pushong (3122) has to his credit a considerable number of hours of flying in Kashmir Operations as a Dakota Captain. His dauntless courage, determination and sense of duty were a source of inspiration to other pilots.
In initial stages of Kashmir Operations, when out garrisons were surrounded in MIRPUR, KOTLI and POONCH areas, this officer carried out supply dropping under intense enemy fire, and always defied the enemy with a grim determination.

He was the first to land at POONCH whilst the airstrip was being heavily shelled by the enemy.
On 21st March, 1948, when POONCH was hard pressed by the enemy, he made a night landing without any landing aids, to deliver some equipment of vital importance to our garrison and thus helped our troops to beat back the enemy. He further rescued and ………the stranded crew of another aircraft which had been damaged earlier by enemy shelling.

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