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Flight Lieutenant Samar Bikram Shah

Service No 9413 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth:
Date Commissioned 16 May 1965 Course 92 Course
Service End Retired on 08 Jul 1975
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtSamar Bikram Shah9413 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details : Flight Lieutnant Shah while serving with an operational Squadron , once on completion of a night exercise , sufferred loss of control at a very low altitude. He regained control through sheer force and reacted to the emergency with remarkable calm and presence of mind. Instead of abandoning the aircraft he faced upto the danger with courage and landed the aircraft safely.

Awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for consummate skill , daring and courage.

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Reference : Gazette of India : No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Vir Chakra
Flt LtSamar Bikram Shah9413 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Flight Lieutenant Somar Bikram Shah was serving with a detachment of a fighter-bomber Squadron. On the 16th December, 1971, he was detailed to escort an offensive sweep mission. As the leader of the escort, he substantially helped the offensive sweep mission to accomplish the task. While returning to base, he spotted a section of the enemy aircraft approaching our aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Somar Bikram Shah immediately engaged the enemy aircraft and in the ensuing air battle shot down the leader of the enemy formation. Due to shortage of fuel, he was prevented from going after the other enemy aircraft. Despite this handicap he frustrated the efforts of the second enemy aircraft and landed safely without any damage to his own aircraft.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Somar Bikram Shah displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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