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Flight Lieutenant Aloysius William Barrette

Service No 3172 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 01 Nov 1920
Date Commissioned 27 Sep 1943 Course 18 Course
Service End Died in Service 08 Aug 1948
Remarks : k 8 Sqn 1948 Ops
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Apr 1947 - Fg OffrNo.9 Squadron, RIAF 
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vir Chakra
Flt LtAloysius William Barrette3172 GD(P)Award Date 20 Sep 1948Announced 26 Jan 1950
Details :

The late Flight Lieutenant ALOYSIUS WILLIAM BARRETTE (3172) flew 80 Operational hours with in a short period of two months during the JAMMU and KASHMIR Operations. Tlthough he was hurt on several occasions he carred on cheerfully and showed exceptional courage and high sense of duty. Whilst attacking enemy positions near Poonch, he was injured but immediately after recovery he resumed operational flying.

Again over the MENDAR Valley, he was hit in th face by a shrapnel from the enemy Anti-Aircraft Fire while going into attack. Although he was bleeding profusely, he pressed home the attack with determination and destroyed the enemy post. His love for Operational flying was a source of inspiration ot the other pilots of his Squadron.

For the distinguished service rendered by him during the JAMMU and KASHMIR Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Unit : 8 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
08 Aug 1948Tempest IIHA-431Flt Lt Aloysius William Barrette*
8AC cr on TO at Jammu during airtest