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Flight Lieutenant Raj Kumar Mehta

Service No 4102 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 19 May 1930
Date Commissioned 16 Jun 1951 Course 55 Course
Service End Died in Service 09 Nov 1960
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Jun 1952
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Kirti Chakra
Flt LtRaj Kumar Mehta4102 GD(P)Award Date 09 Nov 1960Announced 26 Jan 1962
Details :

On 9th November 1960, Flt. Lt. R.K. Mehta was detailed to fly a Gnat aircraft. While coming in to land at Palam airfield his engine flamed out due to a bird entering the intake. Though the engine had flamed out at a low height, Flt. Lt. Mehta did not abandon the aircraft but proceeded to attempt a landing fully aware of the risk to his life. He was not, however, able to make a safe landing and died instantaneously as a result of belated ejection.

Flt. Lt. Mehta was an experienced pilot and he was fully familiar with the Gnat aircraft. He faced the emergency with a remarkable degree of calmness and courage and did not even spare his life in his attempt to save his valuable aircraft. This selfless act of Flt. Lt. Mehta, his devotion to duty and personal courage were in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 23 Sqn
Reference : Notification No. 10-Pres/62 dated 26th January, 1962 published in Part I, Section I of the Gazette of India dated 26th January, 1962.

Accidents and Incidents: 2

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
09 Nov 1960Mystere IVaFlt Lt P K Mehta*
09 Nov 1960GnatIE-1102Flt Lt Raj Kumar Mehta*
23Bird hit and Engine Flame out in Landing at Palam