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Squadron Leader Arun Vithal Kamat

Service No 6009 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth:
Date Commissioned 15 Dec 1960 Course 78 Course
Service End No Details
Remarks : 10Sqn(71) POW
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

14 Mar 1977 - 03 Dec 1979Wg CdrNo.9 SquadronHindon CO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrArun Vithal Kamat6009 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Squadron Leader Arun Vithal Kamat was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in December, 1960. He has flown 1400 hours on operational aircraft. During the lndo-Pak Conflict of 1971, he was employed as a Flight Commander in one of the fighter squadrons operating from an advance base in the Western Sector. On the 9th December, 1971, he was detailed to lead a section of two aircraft, their target being a Pakistani airfield. This was his 4th operational mission over enemy territory. He commenced the attack in the face of heavy fire from enemy's anti-aircraft guns and light machine guns. His aircraft was badly hit. Finding that it was impossible to control the aircraft, he abandoned the aircraft. He broke both his legs on impact with the ground.

Squadron Leader Arun Vithal Kamat thus displayed courage, determination and exceptional devotion to duly in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Unit : 10 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
09 Dec 1971HF-24 MarutBD-859Sqn Ldr A V Kamat
10SD AAA Kotri near Hyderabad