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Flight Lieutenant Jaganathan Vijayaraghavan

Service No 4483 Branch GD(P)

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Date of Birth: 18 Jul 1933
Date Commissioned 01 Apr 1953 Course 60 Course
Service End Died in Service 14 May 1962
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Apr 1954
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Kirti Chakra
Flt LtJaganathan Vijayaraghavan4483 GD(P)Award Date 14 May 1962Announced 10 Sep 1962
Details :

On 14th May 1962, Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan was on an instructional sortie with Pilot Officer Evans as pupil. During a spinning exercise by the pupil, it was noticed that the aircraft failed to come out of the spin. At this moment, Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan, took over the controls of the aircraft which however still failed to respond and started losing height rapidly. He twice ordered Pilot Officer Evans to bale out but by the time the latter did so, the aircraft had reached too low a height for Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan to abandon it. Pilot Officer Evans escaped with minor injuries. The aircraft crashed killing Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan instantaneously.

Flight Lieutenant Vijayaraghavan displayed conspicuous gallantry and a spirit of supreme self-sacrifice in saving the life of his pupil which was in the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.55 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
14 May 1962HarvardFlt Lt J N Vijayaraghavan*
Plt Offr Evans
AuxFailed to recover from Spin