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Flight Lieutenant Madhusudhan Ray

Service No 5004 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth: 01 Feb 1931
Date Commissioned 08 Oct 1955 Course 66 Course
Service End Died in Service 12 Jan 1961
Remarks :
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Kirti Chakra
Flt LtMadhusudhan Ray5004 GD(P)Award Date 12 Oct 1961Announced 26 Jan 1962
Details :

On 12th October, 1961, Flight Lieutenant Madhusudan Ray (5004) GD(P), Captain of a Dakota aircraft while engaged on a training flight had to crash-land the aircraft at Mahesh owing to loss of power immediately after take-off from Barrackpore airfield. He deliberately manoeuvred his aircraft so as to crash-land in the only available open space between inhabited multi-storeyed buildings. A crash into any of these buildings would have caused extensive damage to life and property. Flight Lieutenant Madhusudan Ray was able to ward off what might have been a disaster of great magnitude and in doing so sacrificed his own life and those of his crew.

In saving the lives of others, Flight Lieutenant Madhusudan Ray displayed gallantry, skill and spirit of self-sacrifice, which are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 3rd February 1962 - No.19 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
12 Oct 1961Dakota C-47Flt Lt Madusudhan Ray*
AC cr at Barrackpore awarded KC