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Flight Lieutenant Alfred Tyrone Cooke

Service No 6339 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth:
Date Commissioned 19 Dec 1961 Course 80 Course
Service End Retired on 19 Dec 1968
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vir Chakra
Flt LtAlfred Tyrone Cooke6339 GD(P)Award Date 07 Sep 1965Announced 10 Sep 1965
Details : On the 7th September, 1965 when Kalaikunda airfield was under attack by six Pakistani Sabre Jet aircraft Flight Lieutenant Alfred Tyrone Cooke who was leading two of our aircraft on combat air patrol immediately led the aircraft into intercept them. Although our own anti-aircraft guns had already started to fire, he had engaged two of the enemy aircraft in complete disregard of his personal safety. The enemy aircraft tried evasive and counter-offensive manoeuvres; but with firm determination and exceptional skill Flight Lieutenant Cooke outmanoeuvred the enemy and pressed home his attack and shot down one of the enemy aircraft which disintegrated in mid air. Subsequently, he skillfully put his aircraft in a favourable position behind another enemy aircraft, but by then he had no ammunition left. However, he kept the enemy on the run and the remaining enemy aircraft fled in confusion. In this action Flight Lieutenant Alfred Tyrone Cooke displayed great courage, leadership and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
Unit : 14 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965