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Squadron Leader Mandepanda Appachu Ganapathy

Service No 9464 Branch GD(P)
Date of Birth:
Date Commissioned 16 May 1965 Course 92 Course
Service End No Details
Remarks : Committed suicide in service
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtMandepanda Appachu Ganapathy9464 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

On 22nd November, 1971, at about 1450 hours order was given to intercept four Pakistani aircraft which had intruded into our territory. Flight Lieutenant Mandepanda Appachu Ganapathy who was detailed to fly as No. 3 in a formation of 4 Gnat aircraft proceeded to intercept the enemy. On sighting the enemy aircraft, he skillfully maneuvered his section and got behind one Sabre Jet and shot it down.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Mandepanda Appachu Ganapathy displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 22 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972