|Date of Birth:||02 Mar 1936|
|Date Commissioned||03 Jul 1965||Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Mar 1988|
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|Flt Lt||Virsa Singh Mall||9602 LOG||Award Date 09 Dec 1971||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
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During the Indo-Pak Conflict of December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Virsa Singh Mall was employed as Technical Officer of a Fighter Bomber Squadron at one of our forward airfields. With his sustained hard work he ensured maximum serviceability and quick turn around of aircraft for operational requirements.
During the nights of the 9th and 10th December, 1971, the airfield was attacked by enemy aircraft thrice in quick succession and the bombs fell in the dispersal area; setting fire to the armament stores lying in a bunker and lighting up of the entire dispersal area. Though the air raid siren for the next attack was on, he with the help of few airmen extinguished the fire by pulling out the burning boxes and throwing loose earth over them thus saved the armament dump from destruction, in complete disregard to his personal safety.
Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Virsa Singh Mall displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
|Reference : Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.72 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972|