|Service No & Branch||6591 ADM|
|Date of Birth:||Commissioned: 23 Jun 1962||Course: 23 GDOC Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 30 Apr 1981|
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|Fg Offr||Ved Prakash Mehta||6591 ADM||Award Date 01 Jan 1966||Announced 01 Jan 1966|
|Details :|| |
Flying officer Ved Prakash Mehta has been posted as the Station Adjutant at an Air Force Wing in Punjab since January, 1964. During the recent operations against Pakistan, the administrative work load increased many times owing to rapid influx into this Station of army troops, Punjab Armed Police, Punjab Police, Central Reserve Police and additional
Air Force personnel. Fg. Offr. Mehta, by his excellent organizing ability and high degree of professional knowledge and exceptional devotion to duty carried out his task most efficiently. Inspired by his personal example, his staff, at times at very odd hours and under the threat of enemy bombing, worked cheerfully as well knit team. Despite heavy influx of troops into the airfield and recurring visits of Very Important Persons and Staff Officers from higher formations, Fg Offr Mehta catered for their requirements adequately.
This officer always stood by the side of the Station Commander and executed his orders smoothly and efficiently. At times this officer, with complete disregard to his personal safety, carried out rescue work also. On the night of 9th September, 1965 during air raids, he, with the assistance of army personnel, removed a number of causalities from the debris and caved-in-trenches caused by enemy bombing and rushed them to the Station Sick Quarters. Again on the night of 13th September, 1965, under a RED WARNING and with enemy aircraft strafing, he with the assistance of airmen, removed a number of casualties from the debris near the Equipment Section and rushed them to the Station Sick quarters. On 14th September, 1965, under orders from the Station Commander, he promptly organised a rescue party and rushed to Daulatpur, a place at a distance of about 50 miles from Adampur, where one of the Air force helicopters had force landed. He reached the spot at 2215 hours and after ensuring that the crew and the aircraft were safe, returned to the base at 0145 hours the same night.
Throughout the operations he displayed praiseworthy qualities of leadership, a high standard of professional knowledge and an untiring zeal for work.
|Unit : 8 Wing|
|Reference : GoI19660101No17|