Flight Lieutenant Ajay Krishna Avasthi has been serving in the Jammu and Kashmir and NEFA areas since 1960. He has flown more than 1100 hours in operational areas. On 22nd September 1964, while on a sortie to Leh, the starboard engine of his aircraft failed and the aircraft started losing height rapidly. With great skill, he manoeuvred the aircraft through narrow valleys and difficult terrain and landed safely at the base. On another occasion, when the starboard engine of his aircraft started backfiring violently at an extremely critical stage immediately after take off, he, with cool courage and great presence of mind, brought the situation under control and landed the aircraft safely and thus saved the aircraft and the lives of the passengers and crew.
Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Ajay Krishna Avasthi displayed courage and devotion to duty.