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Squadron Leader Thomas Cyril Martins

Service No & Branch 4610 GD(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 14 Oct 1953 Course: 61 Course
Service End: Retired on 01 Aug 1969
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Flt Lt : 11 Sep 1961
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtThomas Cyril Martins4610 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Martins was serving with a transport squadron operating in NEFA. During the different phases of the battle of Walong, the vital supplies required by the piquets and retreating columns had to be supplied by airdrops. Flight Lieutenant Martins carried out numerous sorties over hazardous and unmapped areas for this purpose. In spite of the danger of anti-aircraft fire from the encircling Chinese troops, he always volunteered to undertake these missions, in complete disregard of his personal safety.

Flight Lieutenant Martins displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 49 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964.
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