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Group Captain Om Prakash Taneja

Service No 3843 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 29 Oct 1928
Date Commissioned 15 Apr 1950 Course 51 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Aug 1975
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

15 Apr 1959 - 13 Dec 1961Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronKalaikunda CO
14 Sep 1964 - 26 Sep 1967Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronAdampur CO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Wg CdrOm Prakash Taneja3843 GD(P)Award Date 06 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Wing Commander Om Parkash Taneja showed inspiring leadership and set a fine example as a Squadron Commander by leading nine strike missions over enemy territory. On 6th September 1965, he led his Squadron for the first mission into enemy territory and destroyed fuel wagons in the Gujranwala sector. On 7th September 1965 he led a formation of 12 aircraft of the Squadron on a dawn strike over Sargodha Airfield. He started up during an air raid warning, when our anti-aircraft guns were firing. Shortly after the air raid he took off from a damaged runway having no runway lights. Through it was still dark, he led his Squadron successfully at low level to the target. On subsequent days he led a number of strike sorties in the Lahore and Sialkot sectors, attacking and destroying enemy tanks, vehicle concentrations and gun and mortar positions in these sectors. By his example he inspired confidence and courage amongst the junior pilots and won the admiration of all serving under him.

Unit : 1 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966