|Date of Birth:||10 Jun 1925|
|Date Commissioned||07 Jan 1946||Course||37 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 01 Sep 1967|
|Remarks :||7 Sqn (47) d: 1999|
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|01 Jul 1947 - 18 Jul 1947||Plt Offr||No.1 Squadron, RIAF||Peshawar||To 10Sqn|
|18 Jul 1947 -||Plt Offr||No.10 Squadron, RIAF||Fm 1RIAF|
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|Flt Lt||Ulrich Anthony D'Cruz||3296 GD(P)||Award Date 01 Dec 1947||Announced 26 Jan 1952|
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Flt. Lt. U. A. DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Cruz while carrying out an offensive reconnaissance over the AKHNURBHIMBER area was shot down and captured by Pathan tribesmen on 1st December 1947. He remained a prisoner with the tribesmen and later with the Pakistan Army, until December, 1948 when he was returned to India under a scheme for the exchange of prisoners of war.
While a prisoner, Flt. Lt. DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Cruz was often beaten and threatened with death by his captors but neither ill-treatment nor the offer of monetary rewards could undermining his loyalty to his country or his service.
The fortitude and devotion to duty displayed by Flt. Lt. DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Cruz while a prisoner of war is in accordance with the highest traditions of his service and an example to his fellow officers and men.
|Unit : 7 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Notification No. 17-Pres/52 dated 26th January, 1952|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|23 May 1947||Spitfire VIIIc||MV459||Plt Offr U A D'Cruz||AFS(I)||engine cutt, BL in river bed at Mullana village, 1|
|01 Dec 1947||Harvard T-6||Flt Lt Ulrich Anthony D'Cruz||7||SD by Ground fire|
|27 Jul 1955||Vampire FB52||Flt Lt U A D'Cruz||Cr short of SantaCruz - ac wrecked|