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Group Captain Dil Mohan Singh Kahai

Service No 5272 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 05 Dec 1936
Date Commissioned 30 Nov 1956 Course 70 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jul 1987
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 30 Nov 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1977Acting Gp Capt : 05 May 1980Gp Capt : 04 Nov 1980
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

07 Jun 1977 - 27 Jul 1979Wg CdrNo.14 Squadron Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtDil Mohan Singh Kahai5272 GD(P)Award Date 07 Sep 1965Announced 01 Jan 1966
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Dil Mohan Singh Kahai was the deputy leader of a Mystere formation, which carried out a daring daylight raid on the very heavily defended Sargodha airfield on 7th September 1965. Despite the intense anti-aircraft fire, he dropped his bombs on four parked aircraft (one F-104 and three F-86) on the Operational Readiness Platform. Then he straffed two more F-86 aircraft and one more F-104 parked on the other Operational Readiness Platform.

On 11th September 1965, he flew as No. 2 in a two-aircraft bombing mission over artillery bunkers in the Lahore sector. The bombs dropped by him exploded directly over the bunkers and they were destroyed.

On 18th September 1965, flying again as the deputy leader in a four aircraft formation, Flight Lieutenant Kahai scored a direct hit on a gun position near Lahore airfield with rockets and knocked it out. On 19th September, 1965, he led a two aircraft formation and destroyed a Railway Bridge over the Ichhogil canal.

The officer also flew a number of strike support missions in which he inflicted damage to enemy equipment and casualties on enemy troops. He also carried out armed patrol sorties near the airfield.

The calmness and resolute courage displayed by Flight Lieutenant Dil Mohan Singh Kahai during all these operational missions were a source of inspiration to other pilots and were in the best traditions of the Air Force.

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