Awards for the year 1972


A total of 633 Awards are listed.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Emmaneul Fernandes 3577 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Amrit Dev Datt 3789 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sivaraman Krishnan Nair 3803 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kanwar Iqbal Singh Chabbra 3831 F(P)Unit : 4 TAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : CO, 4 TAC , 15 Corps, J & K
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Prem Pal Singh 3871 F(P)Unit : CAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Air I, Air Ops, CAC HQ
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Mohan Badami 3888 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vishwanatha Krishnamurthy 4022 F(P)Unit : AFS Uttarlai  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Stn Cdr, Uttarlai
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Inder Mohan Chopra 4089 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Naresh Chandra Bharma 4149 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Moreshwar Waman Tilak 4331 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Shiv Prakash Sabharwal 4413 F(P)Unit : 12 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Bar to Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Mohinder Singh Bawa 4494 F(P)Unit : AFS Jaisalmer  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Stn Cdr, Jaisalmer
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Narayanaswamy Raghunath 4515 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ranjit Dhawan 4572 F(P)Unit : 220 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : CO, No. 220 HF-24 Marut Sqn.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Jagat Kishore Mohlah 4576 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vishwanath Balakrishna Sawardekar 4593 F(P)Unit : 29 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : CO, No. 29 MiG-21 Sqn.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Upkar Singh 4658 F(P)Unit : 1 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : CO, No. 1 MiG-21 Sqn.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Badhwar 4669 F(P)Unit : 35 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : CO, No. 35 Canberra Sqn.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Donald Melvyn Conquest 4692 F(P)Unit : OCU  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : CO, No.122 Hunters (OCU)
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Kailash Chandra Khanna 4722 F(P)Unit : 101 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : CO, No. 101 Sukhoi Sqn.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Kasi Gopala Radhakrishnan 4956 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Keshavamurthy Ramachandra Rao 3797 TECHUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Vir Chakra
Gp Capt Robert Arnold Weir 3881 F(P)Unit : 123 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the Indo-Pakistan conflict in December, 1971, Group Captain Robert Arnold Weir in command of an operational Squadron in the Western Sector. He carried out a large number of operational missions in Poonch area flying at heights of 30-50 feet above ground level fully knowing that aircraft was vulnerable to even small arms fire and also that escape by parachute or force landing in the event of damage to aircraft was not possible. Between the 8th and 11th December, 1971, he engaged and destroyed a large number of enemy gun positions in the face of heavy ground opposition. In addition he carried out numerous other missions in support of our ground forces inflicting heavy damage on enemy positions and undertook recce missions for the location of infiltrators in the area.

Throughout the operations, Group Captain Robert Arnold Weir displayed professional skill and leadership of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Narinder Chatrath 3959 F(P)Unit : 17 Sqn  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : On 04 December 1971, Wing Commander Narinder Chatrath led an attack on Kurmitola, the heavily defended airbase near Dacca. Near the target, the formation was intercepted by Pakistani Sabres. As the formation broke out to deal with the attacking Sabres, Wg Cdr Chatrath engaged a Sabre. After a dogfight the Sabre disengaged and started returning to base. Although the weather was bad and the fuel was running low, he chased the Sabre deep into enemy territory, engaged it in another dogfight and shot it down. The aircraft hit the ground and blew up in flames. In this action, Wing Commander Chatrath displayed Gallantry and flying skill of a high order
Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Arun Kanti Mukherjee 4416 F(P)Unit : TACDE  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the recent hostilities with Pakistan, Wing Commander Arun Kant Mukherjee was commanding a Tactical Flying Unit. He undertook a number of operational sorties and attacked heavily defended enemy air bases. Due to his sound planning, all tasks allotted to his unit were accomplished in an exemplary manner. The unit carried out deep penetration sorties at night with single engine aircraft in the face of heavy enemy defences. The unit did valuable work in keeping the enemy force harassed at night.

Throughout the operations, Wing Commander Arun Kant Mukherjee displayed gallantry, leadership and flying skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Keshev Chandra Aggarwal 4434 F(P)Unit : 10 Sqn  Award Date 09 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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During hostilities with Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Keshev Chandra Aggarwal was in command of an operational Fighter Squadron. He led a number of operational missions against enemy armour and troops concentrations in support of our ground forces. Though faced with heavy ground fire and air opposition, he pressed home his attacks and destroyed numerous vehicles and a petrol dump. On the 4th December, 1971, and again on 8th December, 1971, he undertook reconnaissance sorties in Chor-Doronara areas and successfully located two trains carrying ammunition and destroyed them. On the 6th December, 1971, he led a formation and destroyed a railway engine and fifteen wagons containing ammunition in Chor-DoronaraHasiar area. Again on the 9th December, 1971, he destroyed fifteen wagons and damaged approximately forty wagons at Mir-Purkhas, which deprived the enemy of vital supplies.

Throughout the operations, Wing Commander Keshev Chandra Aggarwal displayed gallantry, leadership and flying skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Ramanathan Sundaresan 4574 F(P)Unit : 14 Sqn  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : During the conflict with Pakistan in December 1971, Wg Cdr Ramanathan Sundaresan was in a fighter-bomber squadron in the Eastern Sector. As leader of formation attacking Tezgaon airfield near Dacca, he was intercepted by a formation of four enemy aircraft. He engaged the enemy in spite of heavy ground fire and shot down one of the four Sabres. In this action, Wing Commander Sundaresan displayed gallantry and professional skill of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Murari Lal Trehon 4577 F(P)Unit : 31 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the conflict with Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Murari Lal Trehon was in command of a FighterBomber Squadron in the Western Sector. He flew several operational missions deep into the enemy territory and destroyed a number of enemy tanks, bunkers and gun positions in the face of heavy ground fire. His squadron also carried out a large number of fighter recce sorties deep into enemy territory which were of great value in planning and execution the subsequent operations successfully.

Throughout the operations, Wing Commander Murari Lal Trehon displayed gallantry, leadership and flying skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Bar to Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Bhupendra Kumar Bishnoi 4594 F(P)Unit : 28 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the India-Pakistan conflict in December 1971, Wing Commander Bhupendra Kumar Bishnoi was in command of an operational Fighter Squadron in the Eastern Sector. He led the first two Bombing mission over Tezgaon airfield and undeterred by heavy ground fire, he hit Tazgaon runway and also destroyed a large transport aircraft on the ground. During one of these Bombing missions, his aircraft was hit by a heavy shell and sustained severe damage. Notwithstanding this, he pressed home the attack. On the 14th December, 1971, he raided military targets in Dacca inspite of intense ground fire. His attacks on the Government House at Dacca and other targets were carried out with accuracy. During the missions in support of Indian army, he led 10 sorties against heavily defended enemy positions in the Comilla Sector and destroyed enemy Bunkers and strongholds.

Throughout the operations, Wing Commander Bhupendra Kumar Bishnoi displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.76 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Badhwar 4669 F(P)Unit : 35 Sqn  Award Date 03 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the conflict with Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Badhwar was in command of a Bomber Squadron in the Western Sector. During the period 3rd December 1971 to 14th December 1971, he under-took various missions against air bases and port installations which were heavily defended by Missile carrying fighters and anti-aircraft guns. Disregarding personal safety and with great courage and skill, he attacked air bases at Masoor, Drig Road and Port Installations at Karachi. He was instrumental in depleting the enemy’s oil reserves and crippling his port facilities at Karachi.

Throughout the operation, Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Badhwar displayed gallantry, leadership, and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Donald Melvyn Conquest 4692 F(P)Unit : 122 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Donald Melvyn Conquest was commanding the Operational Training Unit. On the 4th December, 1971, he led a formation which attacked and set fire to Karachi Port bulk oil installation. On the 5th December, 1971, he carried out a daring attack on Mauripur airfield and destroyed at least six enemy aircraft on ground and caused extensive damage to others. Again on the 6th December, 1971, he attacked and destroyed the Warehouses at Drigh Road airfield. In addition he carried out a number of close air support and interdiction missions. He was instrumental in neuteralising heavy enemy armoured thrust in the Longewala section and in setting on fire numerous goods trains. On one occasion he was wounded by enemy fire and war profusely bleeding. Despite excruciating pain and loss of blood he successfully brought his formation back to base.

Throughout, Wing Commander Donald Melvyn Conquest displayed gallantry, leadership and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Arya Bhushan Lamba 4713 F(P)Unit : 222 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the hostilities with Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Arya Bhushan Lamba was the Flight Commander of a Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On the 4th December, 1971, he led sorties on Risalwala and Chander airfields blasting the dispersals. On the 5th December, 1971, he destroyed a tank and a tank transporter. On the 6th December, 1971, he destroyed enemy positions near Narowal. On the 7th December, 1971, he struck twice; once on a troop concentration and later on guns and tank concentration. On the 9th December, 1971, he blew up a bridge over Ichogil canal with a direct hit. By maintaining close liaison with technical staff, he ensured a high rate of serviceability of aircraft in the Squadron.

Throughout the operations, Squadron Leader Arya Bhushan Lamba displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Ravindar Nath Dogra 4725 F(P)Unit : 3 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the hostilities with Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Ravindar Nath Dogra (4725) was in command of a Fighter-Bomber Squadron. He flew a number of missions deep into enemy territory which were heavily defended and often came back with a number of bullet holes in this aircraft. His fearlessness and personal example inspired confidence and courage amongst the pilots of his Squadron who volunteered for the hazardous missions and completed them with success.

Throughout the operations, Wing Commander Ravindar Nath Dogra displayed gallantry, leadership and flying skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Ramesh Chander Kohli 4891 F(P)Unit : 5 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the hostilities with Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Kohli was attached to an operational Bomber Squadron. He successfully flew a number of missions deep into enemy territory which involved penetration into enemy radar coverage, against well defended targets. He was a source of inspiration to his colleagues and junior pilots of the Unit.

Throughout the operations, Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Kohli displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh 4893 F(P)Unit : 26 Sqn  Award Date 07 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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At the outbreak of hostilities with Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Jiwa Singh was on the strength of a front line Fighter Squadron. During the operations Squadron Leader Jiwa Singh led a formation to search and strike enemy tanks and troops which were engaging our ground forces. He successfully located the hidden tank positions and pressed home his attack even though his section was encircled on airfield by 4 enemy aircraft. He engaged an enemy F-104 in aerial combat in order to give his number two a chance to get away safely. In the combat his aircraft was shot at low level as a result which he was killed.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Jiwa Singh displayed gallantry and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.79 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Farokh Jehangir Mehta 4906 F(P)Unit : 122 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Farokh Jehangir Mehta as a senior pilot in one of the Fighter-Bomber Squadron, flew twentytwo operational missions consisting of close air support in Kutch and Barmer sector and successful strikes at Mirpur and Badin. He flew five counter air missions against Badin, Talahar and Masroor airfield. On the 13th December 1971, while he was proceeding on a strike mission to Talahar airfield he was engaged by a Sabre. In the ensuing air battle, he shot down the enemy aircraft. On another occasion, while he was on a close air support mission in Naya Chor area he was attacked by a Sabre. He maneuvered his aircraft with great skill and secured a hit at the enemy aircraft which was seen crashing.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Farokh Jehangir Mehta displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia 4912 F(P)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date 06 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia was the Senior Flight Commander of a Bomber Squadron. He was largely responsible for the initial planning, tactics, weapon delivery system and overall supervision in the conduct of bomber operations of the unit. His planning and execution, which included his leading seven missions into enemy territory with courage and successfully completing them in spite of his aircraft being damaged on three missions due to heavy flak acted as a source of inspiration to the air and ground crew.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Allan David Alley 4975 F(P)Unit : 7 Sqn  Award Date 06 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, as a Flight Commander of a Fighter Bomber Squadron, Squadron Leader Allan David Alley flew 15 operational missions in close support of our ground force, interdiction and offensive strike. Between 4th December and 6th December he led strike missions in the Eastern Sector in Saidpur area and destroyed three steamers and four trains. He also extensively damaged three marshalling yards and destroyed four bridges and four enemy bunkers. In the Western Sector he flew as a Deputy Leader in a strike mission over Sialkot and Wazirabad marshalling yards. In spite of heavy enemy ground fire he caused serious damage to the marshalling yards.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Allan David Alley displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Jal Maniksha Mistry 5006 F(P)Unit : 20 Sqn  Award Date 05 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Jal Maniksha Mistry was a Senior Pilot in a Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On 4th December he carried out a daring counter air deep day penetration mission to Kohat and caused extensive damage to the airfield. On 5th December he was leading a formation of two aircraft on a strike mission to Sakesar Radar Station, which was very heavily defended. The aircraft flown by his Number Two became unserviceable during take off itself. Undeterred by this, he proceeded alone on this mission. After reaching the target he attacked the Radar Station in the face of heavy ground fire and succeeded in damaging and putting the radar station off the air.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Jal Maniksha Mistry displayed commendable courage, determination and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.79 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Krishan Kumar Bakshi 5012 F(P)Unit : 220 Sqn  Award Date 06 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Krishan Kumar Bakshi was a senior pilot in one of the Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On the 6th December, 1971, he was leading a mission over Naya Chor and Dhoran area. While proceeding to the target his Number two spotted a formation of four enemy Sabre aircraft. Though outnumbered he turned towards the enemy aircraft and engaged them in aerial battle and in the ensuring dogfight he shot down one Sabre. In addition he also led a number of offensive air strike missions causing extensive destruction to enemy ground defended positions, Vehicles and troops in the face of heavy ground fire.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Krishan Kumar Bakshi displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Suresh Damodar Karnik 5056 F(P)Unit : 16 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Suresh Damodar Karnik served as Flight Commander of a Bomber Squadron. He flew six very important and difficult missions, by day as well as by night in the Western and the Eastern Sector. These missions involved day and night bombing raids over enemy airfields and interdiction of enemy boats by day. The interdiction missions were flown against a large volume of flak, resulting in damage to his aircraft by enemy fire. Despite this, he pressed home his attacks and claimed a number of enemy boats destroyed. He also carried out a day bombing raid over Chittagong airfield in the fact of heavy Ack Ack fire. During this mission, he bombed and destroyed a large P.O.L. dump, which was seen to catch fire, by subsequent aircraft. Throughout the operations, in addition to flying his share of missions, he shouldered the burden of supervision of missions and the administration of the flight.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Suresh Damodar Karnik displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Ravindra Nath Bali 5059 F(P)Unit : 122 Sqn  Award Date 07 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Ravindra Nath Bali was a senior pilot in a FighterBomber Squadron. He was detailed to destroy a massive enemy thrust spearheaded by a tank regiment at Longewala. He led three strike missions on the 5th December, 1971 and one on the 6th December, 1971. During these attacks he destroyed three tanks and caused extensive damage to a number of other tanks and vehicles despite heavy ground fire and on some occasions intense enemy air opposition. On the 7th December 1971 he again led a strike mission to the same area and destroyed two tanks. However during the pull out after the second attack his aircraft was hit by ground fire and half of the control surfaces were knocked off. Despite the damage to his aircraft, he skillfully brought it back to base. His missions contributed significantly in neutralizing the enemy thrust and in the overall success of the operations.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ravindra Nath Bali displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Jasjit Singh 5100 F(P)Unit : 3 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in 1971, Squadron Leader Jasjit Singh flew a number of operational missions over heavily defended enemy areas. In spite of heavy ground opposition he pressed home his attacks and destroyed a number of enemy tanks, gun positions and bunkers. He also supervised the servicing of aircraft and thus ensured maximum serviceability of aircraft for operations.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Jasjit Singh displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar Bhadra 5114 F(P)Unit : 35 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Bhadra as Flight Commander of a Bomber Squadron carried out and led night bombing missions deep into enemy territory, attacking vital and heavily defended military targets. On one occasion, although he was subjected to heavy Ack Ack fire at a low altitude, he kept cool and continued with his attack and dropped his bombs on the target causing considerable damage.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Bhadra displayed gallantry, determination and professional skill of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Kirpal Singh 5115 F(P)Unit : 1 Base Repair Depot  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Kirpal Singh with utter disregard to his safety, carried out 9 successful operational sorties in the face of stiff enemy air and ground opposition. The information obtained from these sorties proved of great value to our Air and Ground forces in taking swift action to deal with enemy concentrations.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Kirpal Singh displayed gallantry, determination and professional skill of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Dinesh Chandra Bhandari 5219 F(P)Unit : 5 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron leader Dinesh Chandra Bhandary was serving with a Bomber Squadron. As a senior Navigator, he was responsible for leading and planning the raids against various difficult targets. He flew nine missions against deep centred enemy targets, which were well defended with air cover and ground ack-ack. Some of the missions were flown in broad daylight involving great risks. His determination and cool courage in hitting the enemy targets were an ideal example to the junior Navigators. His guidance and advice were mainly responsible for the success of other missions also.

Throughout, Squadron leader Dinesh Chandra Bhandary displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Ramesh Chander Sachdeva 5306 F(P)Unit : 14 Sqn  Award Date 10 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the conflict with Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Sachdeva served with a FighterBomber Squadron. On 4th December 1971, he carried out attacks with determination and tenacity against very heavy ack-ack defended targets at Chittagong and later destroyed seven trains, carrying vital supplies to the Pakistani forward positions, at Laksham. He flew 15 operational sorties in 6 days of the operations and destroyed a number of ships, tanks, Gun positions, bunkers, trains and fuel tanks in the face of heavy ground fire. He landed back with serious bullet holes in the aircraft on two occasions. On 10th December 1971, while carrying out a sortie, his engine flamed out after an attack on an enemy boat and his aircraft crashed as a result of which he died.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ramesh Chander Sachdeva displayed gallantry, leadership, determination and flying skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.79 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Sindhaghatta Subbaramu 5371 F(P)Unit : 1 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Sindhaghatta Subbaramu was attached to a Fighter Squadron. He flew a total of thirtytwo missions in the form of Combat Air Patrol, escort and interception. He flew these sorties in adverse weather conditions and in pitch-dark night in the vicinity of hilly areas. During every escort mission, he ensured that the strike force was never threatened in any way by enemy aircraft, which enabled the strike force to attack the targets fearlessly. He always brought the strike forces back to base safely.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Sindhaghatta Subbaramu displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Kalyan Kumar Dutta 5450 F(N)Unit : 16 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Kalyan Kumar Dutta, as Navigations Leader of a Bomber Squadron played a key role in the successful performance of the Squadron. The entire missions and the route missions for the squadron were meticulously carried out by him. In addition, as Navigator to his Squadron Commander he undertook the most difficult and dangerous missions himself with exemplary keenness and courage. On a special mission to an airfield by night, he executed some of the best and most accurate navigation at extremely low attitude of 100 to 200 feet above the hilly terrain resulting in a successful first run attack over the runway.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Kalyan Kumar Dutta displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Charanjit Singh Sandhu 5591 F(P)Unit : 105 HU  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Charanjit Singh Sandhu was in command of a helicopter unit. On the night of December the 7th and 8th December, 1971, he personally led a special heli-born operation deep behind the enemy positions in the Eastern Sector. During the very first mission his force came under enemy fire, but he successfully carried out the landings of his force. The same night he flew an additional five similar missions.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Charanjit Singh Sandhu displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order.

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

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