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Air Vice Marshal Aditya Vikram Pethia

Service No 8384 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 24 Sep 1943
Date Commissioned 18 Apr 1964 Course 87 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Sep 2001
Remarks : POW(71)
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1983Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1987Acting Air Cmde : 18 May 1992Air Cmde : 18 May 1992
AVM : 03 Mar 1997
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

20 Oct 1987 - Gp CaptBasic Flying Training SchoolBamrauli Commanding Officer
10 Feb 1992 - 02 Jan 1994Air CmdeAFS HakimpetHakimpet Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtAditya Vikram Pethia8384 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Aditya Vikram Pethia served with a Fighter-Bomber Squadron in the Western Sector. On 5th December, 1971, he was detailed as leader of a tactical reconnaissance mission over Chistian Mandi to seek and destroy enemy armour vehicles. He spotted a train moving towards Bhaval Nagar transporting about 15 tanks. Despite heavy enemy ground fire, he made two attacks on the train and destroyed two enemy trains. Unmindful of his personal safety, he made another attack to silence the enemy anti-aircraft gun. However, his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed.

Flight Lieutenant Aditya Vikram Pethia displayed gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 31 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 16th June 1973 - No.37 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1973

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
05 Dec 1971Mystere IVaIA-954Flt Lt Aditya Vikram Pethia
120SD AAA 0715 Hrs Bhawalnagar

Additional Notes

Remarks: External Link : Band of Brothers Note added: 2009-02-07

POW 1971 War: AV Pethia by Ambreen