Awards for the year 1973


A total of 92 Awards are listed.
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Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Narayana Keshtur Sastry 6923 F(P)Unit : AEB  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Squadron Leader Narayana Kestur Sastry joined the Indian Air Force as an airman in November, 1943. With meritorious noncommissioned service of over 15 ears behind him, he was commissioned in the Technical/ Signals branch in January, 1963. During his service, he has served as an Air Signaller in a transport squaron, Air Headquarters Communications Squadron and Aircrew Examination Board. His tenure in a transport squadron involved flying to the far flung airfields and dropping zones in Kashmir and Ladakh, over very inhopsitable terrain. During his service in the Air Headquarters Communications Squadron, he had the privilege of being a crew member on numerous imporant flights. In the Aircrew Examining Board, he was responsible for judging the efficiency standards of the Air Signallers throughout the Air Force, for which task he was eminently suitable, for having set the highest standards himself. In the performance of his duties as an Air Signaller in various units, he has logged a otal of 7325 hours of flying, which is a noteworthy achieveme nt. During the operations in December, 1971, he was attached to one of the important forward operational bases of the Air Force. He served there is a member of a team responsible for conducting certain special operations of great significance to the Air Force. He worked with unremitting zeal which enabled the team to achieve the aims of the special operation in full measure.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Narayana Kestur Sastry displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Kailash Chandra Parik 7221 F(P)Unit : 121 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Flight Lieutenant Kailash Chandra Parik was a member of an operational detachment formation which was given a special role in the operations in December, 1971. He displayed a high degree of initiative, resourcefulness and imagination in preparing the specialised aircraft for operations. In spite of his limited experience in night flying, he achieved through his hard work, avid interest and application of correct techniques, a high standard in night flying. On the 11th December, 1971, he took off for a night flying mission at a very low altitude of 200'- 300' above ground level, and attacked railway yards well inside enemy territory, causing considerable damage. He was not satisfied by attacking these two targets and before returning straffed an enemy troop concentration. On the 12th December, 1971 he again took off in darkness to attack fuel dumps 40 Nautical Miles deep inside enemy territory and successfully located the target in the "Black-out" conditions. He carried out attacks on the target with extreme precision and determination.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Kailash Chandra Parik displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Dinesh Kumar Dhingra 7563 PJIUnit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Kumar Dhingra has been working as a Parachute Jumping Instructor since 1965. During this period he has made a record number of 564 jumps. He has the distinction of being the only officer in the Indian Air Force who has successfully completed 'Free Fall Basic Jump Master Courses' abroad. His professional skill is of a very high order. He has volunteered for pioneering and dangerous assignments, and has thus been a source of inspiration to his colleagues and subordinates. During the Airborne assault operations over Bangladesh on the 11th December, 1971, he was on board the leading aircraft.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Kumar Dhingra displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Pamidi Ramalingeswara Prasad Rao 7798 F(P)Unit : AEB  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Flight Lieutenant Pamidi Ramalingeswara Prasad Rao has been employed in operational flying duties in Jammu and Kashmir, since 1963. From 1968, he has been employed as a Navigation Instructor and currently is an Air Force examiner. During the Operations in December, 1971, he readily volunteered to undertake hazardous missions and rendered great assistance in their detailed planning. He was the leading navigator in three of the missions undertaken by him. On 15th December, 1971, he led the formation to a vital installation located deep in the enemy territory; under extremely difficult conditions he

successfully bombed target undeterred by the ground fire. In all missions undertaken, he displayed tenacity, courage and a very high order with complete disregard to his personal safety. His courage and extreme devotion in the face of enemy fire was exemplary and a source of inspirationl to others.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Harinder Pal Singh Shergill 8427 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Flight Lieutenant Harinder Pal Singh Shergill has been on the posted strength of a fighter squadron since February, 1967. He achieved a high standard in combat flying, and was utilised to lead and train junior pilots. He stood first in the Western Air Command Gunnery Meet 1970, in the air to air phase, setting a new record by securing 98.27% hits. He also contributed towards evolving an effective combat air patrol pattern over the airfield which was put to use during the Operations in December, 1971. On 16th June, 1971, while on a ferry from Jodhpur to Poona be experienced engine failure over Poona airfield. He had the option of abandoning the aircraft. But due to thickly populated area around the airfield he chose to crash land the aircraft as ejection might have caused damage to the civilian population. He sustained serious burns as a result of this accident.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Harindar Pal Singh Shergill displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Suhas Vasant Javadekar 9016 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Flight Lieutenant Suhas Vasant Javadekar was posted to an operational transport squadron in the Eastern Sector on commissioning in December, 1964. He qualified as a Captain in September, 1967 and has subsequently flown 1630 accident-free hours. These include 1026 hours on operational serties in NEFA, Nagaland and Mizo Hills areas. In the process, he has carried out 820 landings and 509 Supply dropping missions on Advanced Landing Grounds and Dropping Zones. A sound, mature and methodical pilot, who, by his ready acceptance of difficult commitments and their successful completion, has inspired his collegues with confidence.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Suhas Vasant Javadear displayed professional skill and

devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Pradeep Kumar Tayal 10474 F(P)Unit : 22 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Flight Lieutenant Pradeep Kumar Tayal was on the strength of a fighter bomber squadron during the Operations in December, 1971. He carried out a number of operational sorties deep into enemy territory. On the 10th December, 1971, he led a formation of aircraft to attack on the Brigade Headquarters at Kushtia. Undeterred by the heavy ground fire he made two attacks and destroyed this nerve centre of the enemy in the sector. During the attack his aircraft was hit by ground fire which punctured the aircraft's main fuel tank. With his aircraft streaming fuel, he climbed up to gain height while heading towards base. He ran out of fuel when 10 nautical miles short of base. Though the airfield was partly obscured by cloud, he displayed great flying skill in carrying out a safe landing. Undeterred by this incident, on the same day he led another mission over Khulna and in the face of heavy ground fire positively destroyed one enemy tank and put another out of order. He also disrupted a convoy of enemy troops proceeding towards Khulna.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Pradeep Kumar Tayal displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Hari Nath Chaturvedi 11161 MEDUnit : MPF  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Flight Lieutenant Hari Nath Chaturvedi has been in the Para Medical Pool since March, 1969, and is commanding a team of the Medical Para-troopers Flight. He has to his credit 56 operational parachute descents including five free fall stabilized jumps and has qualified on all conventional transport aircraft in paratrooping. In order to render emergency medical aid by paratrooping to marooned aircrew at inaccessible heights, he made a unique parachute descent in the treacherous snow bound areas of the Kashmir Valley. This was followed by a 72 hours survival exercise to gain a first hand knowledge of the utility, adequacy and shortcomings of present day aircrew clothing and personal survival packs, carried by our aircrew. It was mainly due to the efforts, guidance and the risk undertaken by him that the snow survival exercise contributed significantly to the acquisition of unique snow survival knowledge, for the Indian Air Force.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Hari Nath Chaturvedi displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Bidya Nath Banik 28176 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Master Warrant Officer Bidya Nath Banik has been on the posted strength of a squadron since July, 1968. He has 28 years of service to his credit. Though his flying career spans two decades, his enthusiasm, keenness and zeal for flying remain unabated. He has a total of 9430 hours of flying to his credit. Out of these, he has flown to less than 4206 hours in operational areas of Jammu and Kashmir, NEFA and Nagaland. His personal example of unremitting hard work, strict discipline and zealous devotion to duty has always been an example to his colleagues and juniors alike. He has also been instrumental in co­ordinating quick conversion of new signallers.

Throughout, Master Warrant Officer, Bidya Nath Banik has displayed high degree of professional skill, inspiring leadership and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
MWO Framroz Jalejor Vania 400179 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Master Warrant Officer Framroz Jalejer Vania has been serving in an operational heavy transport squadron since May, l969. By virtue of his hard work, he has achieved a very high level of professional knowledge. He has always been keen to fly. During his short stay of 2Ă‚Â½ years in the unit he has amassed a total of 1700 flying hours. He has flown a total of 3940 hours so far, out of which 1700 hours were on operational sorties over the most difficult and hazardous terrain of the Himalayas. His cheerful disposition and hard work, analytical mind and high sense of loyalty and integrity, coupled with high level of professional knowledge, have been an example to his colleagues. He has imparted training to newly posted flight engineers. During the operations in December, 1971, he always volunteered for hazardous operations which included going many times over the enemy territory.

Throughout, Master Warrant Officer Framroz Jalejer Vania displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Douglas Godfrey 43569 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Warrant Officer Douglas Godfrey has been operating as Flight Gunner with a transport squadron in Jammu & Kashmir, NEFA, Mizo Hills and Nagaland areas, since 1963. He has carried out 2750 hours of operational flying on supply dropping and transport operations. He has also participated in many proving flights in most difficult and advanced dropping zones in Jammu & Kashmir, NEFA, Mizo Hills and Nagaland. He was always, the most willing volunteer for bombing missions undertaken by the squadron. During the operations in December, 1971, he carried out a number of bombing missions in the Western Sector. Unmindful of danger to his personal safety, he has performed his flight gunner duties on all the missions with a high sense of responsibility and courage against heavy enemy ground fire.

Throughout, Warrant Officer Douglas Godfrey displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Lalit Kumar Datta 6506 F(P)Unit : 107 HU  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Squadron Leader Lalit Kumar Dutta, while commanding a Helicopter Unit, was entrusted with the task of Casualty Evacuation, Air Maintenance and Reconnaissance, at a forward base, in the Western Sector. In addition to other tasks at his own base, he himself, flew a number of sorties, and in this, he not only exhibited total dedication to the service with complete disregard to personal safety, but also high professional skill, courage and outstanding qualities of leadership. He thus instilled confidence amongst his officers and men thereby inspiring them to undertake various types of missions in the face of the enemy. In addition, he always found the time to look after the welfare of his officers and men.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Lalit Kumar Dutta displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
MWO Koliengod Narayana Venkatachalam 11947 ORUnit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Master Warrant Officer Koliengod Narayana Venkatachalam is a very senior Parachute Jumping Instructor trained in 1946. He has completed 450 live descents which include water descents his altitude and experimental jumps from many types of aircraft using different types of parachutes. His excellent grasp of the requirementsents in Airborne Assault Operations combined with skill as a fast stenographier made him the natural choice for working with the planning team for operations in Bangladesh. He spent long and arduous hours with the planning team; it was largely due to his herculean efforts, that all plans were completed on schedule. He had both the energy and motivation, to fly and achieve the unique distinction of being the only Parachute Jumping Instructor to complete two operational sorties as Despatcher, in the Pathfinder aircraft during the final sorties of the Airborne Assault Operations, which were mounted over Bangladesh.

Throughout, Master Warrant Officer Koliengod Narayana Venkatachalam displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Koshy Thomas 302634 ORUnit : 114 HU  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
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Warrant Officer Koshy Thomas was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in August, 1948. He was serving with Helicopter Unit in the Eastern Sector during the operations in December, 1971. His unit was engaged in airlifting troops/armament and casualties. He always volunteered to fly in all types of sorties, both by day and at night, without any regard to his personal comfort. Throughout the special heliborne operations at Sylhet, his helicopter was under heavy enemy ground fire. With complete disregard to his personal safety, he got out of his Helicopter, in enemy territory, and supervised the unloading, thus enabling the quick and successful completion of the task. He carried out a total of 124 sorties which included 26 sorties by night.

Warrant Officer Koshy Thomas thus displayed courage and exceptional devotion to duty in the best tradition of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 23rd March 1974 - No.34 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1973 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Harjendra Singh Kalsi 3743 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Rajendra Nath Dawar 3753 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vedantadesikan Krishnaswamy 4054 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sultan Singh Yadav 4212 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Amal Chandra Gupta 4246 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Avenash Chandra Mehta 4859 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr M K Bidani 5160 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr K B Singh 5865 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr P C Joshi 5948 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr P S Sharma 6659 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Y R Prasad 7299 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt K Anadure 8252 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt M S Sherfuddeen 8501 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt J N P Bhatt 8542 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt P R N Murthy 9219 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt J C Verma 9317 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Puran Chandra Singh Rautela 9576 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Gopalakrishanan Nair 9610 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt S N Bandopadhpay 9645 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Arunansu Datta 10303 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt (Mrs) P Bandopadhyay 11528 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
MWO S S Sandhu 37694 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
MWO S S Kanwar 48980 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
WO C G Nambiar 10846 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
WO N A Kashid 18321 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
WO Surjit Singh 39002 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
WO Surajpal Singh 208791 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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Vishist Seva Medal
WO L K Dass 300120 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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