Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Flight Lieutenant Niraj Kukreja

Service No & Branch 8733 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 27 Apr 1944 Commissioned: 01 Aug 1964 Course: 89/90 Course
Service End: Died in Service 08 Mar 1972 (28 Years age) Aircraft Loss Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 01 Aug 1965
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtNiraj Kukreja8733 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Niraj Kukreja was serving with a Fighter Squadron. On the 17th December 1971, while he was leading an escort formation for one of our strike missions, he spotted two enemy F-104 aircraft constituting direct threat to the strike mission. He alerted his number two and also informed the leader of the strike mission that he was engaging the enemy aircraft. He skillfully maneuvered his aircraft and got behind one of the F-104’s. After a short air combat he fired both his missiles, as a result of which the enemy aircraft exploded and crashed.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Niraj Kukreja displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 29 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
08 Mar 1972HT-2Flt Lt Niraj Kukreja +
Flt Cdt Surender Singh Khaira +
EFSK in Crash at Bidar.
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