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Wing Commander Ulrich Anthony D'Cruz

Service No 3296 Branch GD(P)
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
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 07 Jan 1951Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1966
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jul 1947 - 18 Jul 1947Plt OffrNo.1 Squadron, RIAFPeshawar To 10Sqn
18 Jul 1947 - Plt OffrNo.10 Squadron, RIAF Fm 1RIAF
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Kirti Chakra
Flt LtUlrich Anthony D'Cruz3296 GD(P)Award Date 01 Dec 1947Announced 26 Jan 1952
Details :

Flt. Lt. U. A. D’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. D’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. D’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

Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
23 May 1947Spitfire VIIIcMV459Plt Offr U A D'Cruz
AFS(I)engine cutt, BL in river bed at Mullana village, 1
01 Dec 1947Harvard T-6Flt Lt Ulrich Anthony D'Cruz
7SD by Ground fire
27 Jul 1955Vampire FB52Flt Lt U A D'Cruz
Cr short of SantaCruz - ac wrecked