|Service No & Branch||8766 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- --||Commissioned: 01 Aug 1964||Course: 89/90 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 19 Jul 1994|
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|-||Sqn Ldr||No.47 Squadron||Chabua||Flight Commander|
|05 Jul 1982 - 26 Feb 1984||Wg Cdr||No.47 Squadron||Chabua||Commanding Officer|
|19 Mar 1984 - 08 Dec 1984||Wg Cdr||Flying Instructors School||Tambaram||Chief Flying Instructor|
|15 Feb 1988 - 27 Mar 1990||Gp Capt||Flying Instructors School||Tambaram||Commanding Officer|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Flt Lt||Manayanthara Kunjanpillai Raghava Menon||8766 F(P)||Award Date 16 Dec 1971||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
|Details :|| |
During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Nayanathara Kunjan Pillai Raghava Menon was attached to a Fighter Bomber Squadron. He flew a number of operational missions deep inside enemy territory despite heavy ground and air opposition. On the 16th December, 1971, while on a bombing and strafing mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The shell shattered the canopy and fragments of the shell got embedded in his body injuring him seriously and hampering his vision. Though be was more than seventy nautical miles away from his base, he brought the aircraft back to base safely instead of abandoning it.
Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Nayanathara Kunjan Pillai Raghava Menon displayed courage, determination and professional skill.
|Unit : 31 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972|