Vayu Sena Medal Awardee List


A total of 1179 Awards are listed.
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Krishna Noel Natarajan 4724 GD(P)Unit : 12 Sqn  Award Date 29 Apr 60 Announced 15 Aug 60
Details :

On the 29th April 1960 Flight Lieutenant K.N. Natarjan displayed presence of mind, devotion to duty and airmanship of a high order when the aircraft under his command which was in flight over most difficult mountainous terrain experienced complete loss of power in one engine. He manipulated the aircraft with cool courage and skill, made a successful singleengine landing and saved the crew and the aircraft. His courage and airmanship were a source of inspiration to his comrades.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th August 1960 - No.47-Pres/60 dated 15th August 1960 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Sunil Kumar Chopra 5124 GD(P)Unit : 43 Sqn  Award Date 29 Oct 59 Announced 15 Aug 60
Details :

On the 29th October 1959, Flying Officer Chopra displayed great presence of mind in skillfully maneuvering a Dakota aircraft of which one engine had to be feathered when in flight over most difficult mountain terrain. Although the aircraft was continuously losing height he managed to land it safely and thus saved the crew and the aircraft from certain disaster. His courage and skill when faced with a dangerous situation were in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th August 1960 - No.47-Pres/60 dated 15th August 1960 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sgt Ashutosh Ghosh 38719 ORUnit : 1 Med Para Flt  Award Date 29 Aug 59 Announced 15 Aug 60
Details :

On the 29th August 1959, Sergeant Ghosh volunteered to be dropped at great personal risk into a very small and dangerous dropping zone in a remote area in the midst of thick jungle where there were unpredictable crosscurrents of wind. His action fulfilled pressing operational necessity. The courage and skill shown by him in the face of such hazards were in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 20th August 1960 - No.47-Pres/60 dated 15th August 1960 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Charles Bacon James Alexander 3523 MEDUnit : Para Training School  Award Date 15 Mar 53 Announced 26 Jan 61
Details : In March 1953. Captain Thukral was carrying out work deep in the Subansiri Valley. While he was working there some hostile Daflas shot poisoned arrows at him and, as there was no hope of medical aid reaching him in time his life was in danger, Squadron Leader Alexander – then a Flight Lieutenant and his team were dropped in the thick of the jungle and for a fortnight treated and looked after Captain Thukral, whose condition was serious, so saving his life. Braving all dangers Squadron Leader Alexander completed his mission with success. His action was in keeping with the tradition of the Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India 28th January 1961 - No.7 - Pres/61 dated 26th January 1961 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Harchand Singh Gill 2862 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 10 Oct 53 Announced 26 Jan 61
Details : In October 1953 a composite column of Assam Rifles and a Civil Administration Party was attacked by armed Tagins and some officers and men killed. In the operation launched against them, Squadron Leader H S Gill was in command of the detachment of Dakotas for the air-landing of the troops. The work of air landing personnel and supplies on the two small available landing grounds was difficult, Notwithstanding the difficulties, Squadron Leader Gill with his keen enthusiasm, boundless energy and courage personally carried out the major portion of the landings at Doporijo, By his tireless work, the airlift which had appeared impossible, became a reality. He showed courage and devotion to duty of the highest order.
Reference: Gazette of India 28th January 1961 - No.7 - Pres/61 dated 26th January 1961 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Ian Steele Loughran 4024 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 12 Jan 60 Announced 26 Jan 61
Details : On 12th January 1960, Flight Lieutenant I S Loughran was authorized to give a screen check in Instrument Flying to another officer. The weather was bad and the cloud base which was at 6000 feet suddenly rose to 20,000 feet. Flight Lieutenant Loughran was told by signal to come down as bad weather was beginning to envelop the aerodrome also. Meanwhile another aircraft above the clouds was in difficulty and was calling for help. Although Flight Lieutenant Loughran had only 60 gallons of fuel left, he asked for permission to go its help and guide its descent. On this being given, Flight Lieutenant Loughran immediately started climbing and continued to do so till he found the other aircraft above 26,000 feet. He then escorted it down in formation with his own craft, and at the time of touching down found that his own fuel had completely finished. By his devotion to duty and calmness, he saved the other aircraft and its pilot at the risk of his own life.
Reference: Gazette of India 28th January 1961 - No.7 - Pres/61 dated 26th January 1961 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Fg Offr Virendra Kumar 5328 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 61
Details :

During the year 1959-60, the IAF was engaged in supply dropping missions in NEFA and NHTA areas. The aircraft had to operate over treacherous terrain where the weather is unpredictable. The dropping zones were numerous and abnormally small in size. Under the hazardous conditions this young officer showed tremendous zeal and devotion to duty by carrying out a 1000 hours of flying on these missions in little over a year.

His enthusiasm and devotion to duty in the face of adverse flying conditions was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India 28th January 1961 - No.7 - Pres/61 dated 26th January 1961 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Vinod Kumar Sehgal 3853 GD(P)Unit : 104 HU  Award Date 01 May 61 Announced 15 Aug 61
Details :

On 1st May 1961, one Dakota aircraft, while on a sortie near the U.P./Tibet border area was reported missing. Squadron Leader Sahgal, who was commanding a Helicopter unit, volunteered to lead the Helicopter Detachment personally to locate the missing aircraft and conduct the rescue operations. This task not only involved reconnaissance over a hazardous mountainous area under unfavourable weather conditions, but also entailed considerable administrative and logistic planning in moving the detachment at short notice to various advanced outposts. He ferried the helicopter form his parent unit to an advanced base on 2nd May commenced intensive search of the area where the aircraft was report4ed to have crashed. Due to conflicting reports regarding he location of the crashed aircraft, it became frequently necessary to modify the operational and logistical plans and adjust it suitably to meet the situation. Next day he resumed the search and succeeded in establishing that the aircraft had not crashed I the area reported. By this time information had been received that the surviving members of the crew had reached one of the advance Army out posts. Squadron Leader Sahgal had therefore to move his detachment further up in order to rescue the survivors who were injured and needed immediate evacuation. Despite the difficult terrain and bad weather, he succeeded in locating a s suitable landing area. In evacuating the survivors, Squadron Leader Sahgal took an extremely bold step to fly out two survivors at a time, there by completing the evacuation in the least possible time. With a view to recover the bodies of the dead, he was detailed to further reconnoiter the area. In spite of fatigue, he carried out the search. During all these flights, Squadron Leader Sahgal had to fly his helicopter practically to the limits of the performance under adverse weather conditions.

Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Kapil Bhargava 3939 GD(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date 01 Nov 61 Announced 15 Aug 61
Details : Squadron Leader Kapil Bhargava, a test pilot of considerable experience, had his training in test flights of the Avro 748 in the United Kingdom and flew over 150 hours on the prototype there. He undertook the first test flight of the Indian built aircraft, fresh from the assembly lines at Kanpur, on 1st November 1960. On its inaugural flight at Palam on 26th November 1961, before a distinguished gathering , he demonstrated the performance and the capabilities of the aircraft. In this task He had shown a high degree of professional skill , knowledge and courage
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Mirgind Singh Grewal 3481 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 10 Oct 60 Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

On 10th October, 1960, Squadron Leader M S Grewal (3481) was detailed as the leader of a formation exercise comprising 5 aircraft. The aircraft was peeling off after completion of the exercise at a height of approximately 1000 feet when the No.2 collided with Sqn Ldr Grewal's aircraft resulting in damage to the elevator of such a nature that the control column could be moved backward with difficulty but not forward at all. The situation was further aggravated by the fact that the port drop tank was full due to failure of the fuel transfer system.

This extreme emergency, caused by no fault of his, called for the highest degree of airmanship, and Sqn Ldr Grewal by his coolness, presence of mind and skill, carried out a successful flapless landing thereby preventing what possibly could have been a fatal accident involving the total loss of the aircraft and a valuable life.

Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Madhukar Dashrath Mendhekar 3494 GD(N)Unit : 43 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

During his operational tour in NEFA area as Navigator and later as Navigational Leader, Sqn Ldr M D Mendhekar has flown a thousand operational hours, which is very creditable indeed. He has also been serving in the J and K area where he has completed an additional 650 hours of operational flying. As a Navigator, he has set a very high examples to his juniors by his devotion to duty and superior skill in navigation. He has built up the morale of the Squadron in general and of the junior navigators in particular.

Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Paravastu Krishna Desiken 3609 ARMTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details :

After 1947 Indian Air Force was faced with the ardous task of disposing of stocks of accumulated war surplus explosives. This task was also hazardous since deterioration had already set in and the stocks had become highly sensitive and dangerous to handle.

In 1953, Squadron Leader P K Desikan took over command of an ammunition depot which had large stocks of heavily corroded 20mm High Explosive / Instantaneous Ammunition, deteriorated high explosive bombs, 40mm ammunition , practice bombs and other miscellaneous explosive stores. Infact the deterioration was so much tat even slight friction while handling the round or while lifting the ammunition boxes could cause a serious explosion. Squadron Leader P K Desikan, fully aware of the hazards and risks involved, undertook the disposal task on operational priority and carried out the demolition at a fast rate. As the Commanding Officer of the Depot from 1953 to 1955, Squadron Leader P K Desikan directed and supervised the task of demolition of the unserviceable and dangerous stock of these explosives. He exposed himself to grave danger for a period of two years while engaged in the execution of the task..

In accomplishing the task, Squadron Leader P K Desikan has displayed a very high sense of duty, courage and professional skill.

Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Flt Lt Balkrishna Desoares 4502 GD(P)Unit : 43 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Since 1954, Flt Lt Balkrishan Desoares (4502) has served 27 months in an operational area in eight active tours. During these tours, he has carried out over a thousand hours of operational flying under very difficult conditions. On one occasion, when he was dropping food supplies over a zone located at 14, 500 feet and his aircraft was only 700 feet above the mountainous terrain, the parachutes attached to the food packages opened and streamed out of the ejection door having been inflated by the slip stream of the aircraft. This sudden drag on the aircraft resulted in the aircraft entering a steep dive. With great presence of mind, he faced the emergency calmly and took necessary remedial measures to correct the attitude of the aircraft thereby saving his crew and himself from certain death. Throughout his tour in the operational area he has always volunteered to fly supply dropping sorties over difficult terrain and has shown great devotion to duty.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Flt Lt Nandkishore Shankarrao Ambegaonkar 5024 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : During his operational tour in J and K, Flt Lt N S Ambegaonkar has flown over 1100 operational hours. He is an extremely keen and enthusiastic pilot, He has set a very high standard of flying, a fine example to the other aircrew in his squadron. He has also completed a tour of duty in the Mizo and Lushai Hills areas where he has flown 97 operational hours. Flt Lt Ambegaonkar has shown that hazardous flying can be undertaken safely even by comparatively junior pilots. His operational record is commendable.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
MWO Ramesh Moreshwar Gandhi 10087 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : A Transport Squadron was called upon at extremely short notice to move into an operational area. Such a sudden move resulted in the unit having to leave behind its second line servicing personnel, equipment and Engineering Officer at its permanent base. MWO Ramesh Moreswar Gandhi had to shoulder the responsibility of organizing the complete first line servicing in of the new base. The resource available at this base for the squadron were meager. The squadron was called upon to go into operations as soon as aircraft landed from the old base. With the limited resources of manpower and equipment, MWO Gandhi displayed great skill and organizing ability in bring in the daily servicing section to a very high state of efficiency in a short period of time. His professional efficiency, ability to handle men and above all dedicated sense of duty became a source of great inspiration to all around him.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
MWO Mancherrikizheil Chandy George 10225 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : After 1947 disposal of large stocks of accumulated war surlus explosives had to be undertaken by the Indian Air Force. The disposal task of the heavily corroded 20mm High Explosive / Instantaneous Ammunition, deteriorated high explosive bombs, 40mm ammunition, practice bombs and other miscellaneous explosive stores. In fact the deterioration was so much tat even slight friction while handling the round or while lifting the ammunition boxes could cause a serious explosion. Master Warrant Officer George was posted to an ammunition depot which had large stock of these explosives. As Officer i/c Maintenance he was responsible for the disposal of the unserviceable explosive stores. Master Warrant Officer George undertook the demolition task and continued the assignment for over 2 years, constantly exposing himself to grave danger.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
WO Samuel Miller 43039 ORUnit : 43 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : WO Samuel Miller has been serving in the J & K area since February 1960. In 1960, he did over 400 hours of operational flying. Continuous flying as signaler in these areas in extremely restricted space in the cockpit produces very great mental and physical strain. In spite of this, W O Miller has always been the first to volunteer for operational flying. His keen ness and devotion to duty has been a fine example to others and enabled his squadron to fly to its maximum capacity even though there was a shortage of Signallers (Air) available for flying duties. Such keenness and leadership are commendable.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
F/Sgt Pattathis Ramanunni Mannadiar 200632 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Flt Sgt Mannadiar has flown a total of 3145 hours of which over 1200 hours are operational flying in J & K area. In spite of the hazards of flying in these areas, Flt Sgt Mannadiar was always one of the first to volunteer for extra flying when there was a shortage of Signalers (Air). Partly as a result of the readiness of this airman to go into the air whenever required, even after he had already carried out his allotted missions, the work of his unit was kept up to the schedule. His devotion to duty is thus exemplary.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
F/Sgt Baldev Raj Bhatia 201268 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Flt Sgt Baldev Raj Bhatia has flown 1260 hours in operational conditions in NEFA and J &K areas. Whenever there was a shortage of Signallers (Air ) in these areas, Flt Sgt Bhatia was one of the first to volunteer for additional sorties. His conduct, ability, keenness and enthusiasm have infused others and have kept up the morale of the Squadron.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sgt Puthentiveel Jacob Joseph 202575 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Sgt Puthenveetil Jacob Joseph ahs operated with two operational squadrons fo the IAF. Whiel in the NEFA area he flew over 1200 hours on operational sorties. Later within a short period, he lfew over 90 hours on operational sorties in Jammu and Kashmir. Flying over the NEFA and J & K areas imposes great mental and physical strain. In spite of this, this young NCO west a very high example of devotion to duty by constantly volunteering for sorties when his unit was short of signalers (Air) and after he had already carried out as many sorties as could reasonably be expected. He is always keen and cheerful and carries out his duties methodically. His devotion to duty, conduct and efficiency are praiseworthy.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
F/Sgt Gopalan Nair 300148 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 62
Details : Flt Sgt Gopalan Nair has so far completed 1350 hours during operational flying in J & K and NEFA areas. He is an extremely keen Signaller (Air) highly devoted to is duty. While on his operational sorties in J & K area, he has been in three aircraft which have had engine failures. During these emergencies, he showed great presence of mind and carried out emergency drills in an exemplary manner. In spite of having undergone these experiences, Flt Sgt Nair has always been one of the first to volunteer for operational flying. His devotion to duty, conduct and efficiency are praise worthy.
Reference: Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Parshottam Lal Pandhi 1997 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Wing Commander Parshottam Lal Pandhi was in command of a transport squadron engaged on Air Transport support operations in difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions in the North East Frontier Agency and Nagaland areas in 1960-61.

He carried out more than 1200 hours of flying on supply dropping missions in adverse conditions and showed commendable devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr John Francis Lazaro 2944 GD(P)Unit : 43 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

In March 1960, when airlift requirements to our northern frontiers increased considerably, a transport squadron under Wing Commander Lazaro was detailed to meet the commitment. It became necessary for Dakotas to fly beyond Leh to Chushul at greater frequency and also to newly selected dropping zones in treacherous mountain terrain. In order to ensure safety of aircrew and aircraft, new routers and t4echniques had to be devised. Wing Commander Lazaro undertook several trial flights in this area and worked out new and safe routes for his squadron to follow. Her organized and operated his squadron in a very efficient manner. Many a month, his unit flew more than 1200 operation hours.

In , 1961, as Officer in Charge Flying, Srinagar, he planned and coordinated the airlift for the entire Jammu and Kashmir area and succeeded in achieving all the tasks efficiently with limited staff.

Wing Commander Lazaro displayed leadership, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Anthony Frank Gama 3068 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

As a Squadron Leader, Wing Commander Anthony Frank Gama commanded a Transport Squadron engaged in air transport operations over NEFA and NHTA from September 1959 to July 1962. In about a year and a half he carried out more than 1000 hours of flying on supply dropping missions and transport operations. He showed professional skill and organizing ability of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Hardayal Singh Dhillon 3237 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 18 Dec 61 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Squadron Leader Hardyal Singh Dhillon was commander of a transport flight operating from Jamnagar during the Goa Operations. He had to fly continuous ferry trips to all parts of India to bring in vitally needed spare parts required for the operations. On 18 December 1961 with a large quantity of ammunition and explosives aboard, he made a successful landing at an unfamiliar airfield with no night landing facilities. Squadron Leader Dhillon displayed commendable courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Surapati Bhattacharya 3974 GD(P)Unit : 1 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : During the Goa Operations, Squadron Leader Bhattacharya was in command of a Mystere Squadron which was operating in close support of one of our battalions in the Daman Area. During one of the sorties, it was indicated to him that machine gun fire from a Portuguese strong point was hampering the advance of our own troops. Though left with only marginal fuel to return up to his base, Squadron Leader Bhattacharya pin-pointed the target, attacked it in the face of ground fire and succeeded in silencing the Portuguese machine guns. He thus saved our troops from heavy casualties and cleared the way for their advance. Squadron Leader Bhattacharya displayed cool courage and determination in this action.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Bikram Singh Jaswal 4440 GD(P)Unit : 107 HU  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Bikram Singh Jaswal has been employed as a helicopter pilot since 1960 in the Ladakh area. He was one of the first few pilots to operate the newly acquired Mi-4 helicopters in this area. He undertook trials and carried out landings at advance landing grounds located at high altitudes with skill and courage. The series of trial flights undertaken by him, with loads and at various altitudes culminated in landing the Mi-4 for the first time at an airfield situated over 16000 feet above sea level.

While at Leh, in December 1960, he evacuated a jawan who was dangerously ill in one of our forward posts. He has carried out as many as 40 casualty evacuations. He has flown more than 1400 operational hours on helicopters over Ladakh and NEFA and displayed professional skill and courage of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Padmanabha Gautam 4482 GD(P)Unit : 5 Sqn  Award Date 06 Dec 61 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Gautam was one of the pilots operating with the Canberra Unit in the Congo during 1961. On 6 December 1961, he was ordered to attack Kolwezi airfield in Katanga. Despite extremely adverse weather conditions and heavy enemy opposition, he courageously and successfully carried out several attacks on the airfield and completely destroyed the Fouga aircraft which was harassing UN Ground forces. He also shot up three other Katangese aircraft on the field and neutralized other installations around it. Flight Lieutenant Gautam also carried out several other successful missions over Elizabethville in close support of the ground forces operating against the Katangese.

Throughout the operations Flight Lieutenant Gautam displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty in the face of the enemy.

Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Ramachandra Shenoy Sudhakaran 4780 GD(N)Unit : 106 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : Flight Lieutenant Ramchandra Shenoy Sudhakaran has been employed in a strategic reconnaissance squadron since June 1956. This squadron was assigned the task of surveying certain mountainous regions under hazardous conditions. Flight Lieutenant Sudhakaran played a leading role in achieving the aerial survey. He was undaunted by the risks involved in flying over forward areas in NEFA and J & K . his skill in navigation and aerial photography ahs bee of a high order and the data collected by him proved very useful. Flight Lieutenant Sudhakaran has displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Baldev Singh 5007 GD(P)Unit : 59 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : As a pilot and a Flight commander of a logistical air support squadron between February 1960 and January 1962, Flight Lieutenant Baldev Singh has carried out more than 1200 hours of operational flying over NEFA and NHTA. All this flying was done on single engine aircraft, which had to operate from small unmanned landing grounds situated in narrow and dangerous valleys, and unpredictable weather conditions. Earlier, he served two years in a transport squadron in the J & K area. He has shown great courage and devotion to duty in successfully carrying out the tasks assigned to him.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Suresh Chandra Bhakey 5107 GD(P)Unit : 59 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : Flight Lieutenant Suresh Chandra Bhakay has been employed in a logistical air support squadron in NEFA and Nagaland since April 1962. He has flown more than 1500 hours on single engine aircraft and has made 575 landings at advanced landing grounds, mostly situated I hilly terrain where flying hazards were aggravated by strong cross winds and generally unfavourable weather conditions. On several occasions, he was called upon to undertake on an average five hours of flying per day for months together. Flight Lieutenant Bhakay has carried out the tasks assigned to him in an admirable manner and has displayed commendable courage and professional skill.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Chandrasekharan Ramachandran 5592 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : Flying Officer Chandrasekahran Ramachandran was engaged in air transport support operations in the NEFA and NHTA areas from December 1958 to January 1962 and carried out more than 1300 hours of operational flying on supply dropping missions in difficult flying conditions. He has undertaken operational tasks with determination, zeal and courage and shown commendable professional skill and devotion to duty.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Flt Lt Dinendra Mohan Chakraverty 4438 GD(P)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : Flight Lieutenant Dinendra Mohan Chakraverty has been employed as a transport pilot on air support operations in NEFA and NHTA since 1954. He ahs displayed commendable professional skill keenness and devotion to duty in supply dropping missions. He has flown more than 1500 hours of operational sorties in difficult and dangerous areas.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Nitendra Narayan Choudhary 15986 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Warrant Officer Nitendra Narayan Choudhry was engaged on air transport operations in the NEFA and NHTA areas during the period 1954-1962, and carried out more than 20000 hours of operational flying over dropping zones situated in difficult and dangerous terrain where the weather was unfavourable and flying and supply dropping operations are very hazardous. He has also taken part in relief operations and special survey flights.

His keenness and devotion to duty in the face of adverse flying conditions have been in the best traditions of the air force.

Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Durga Shankar Nandi 29069 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : Master Warrant Officer Durga Shankar Nandi ahs so far completed 4000 hours of flying, out of which 2000 hours have been on operational missions over NEFA and Nagaland. And more than 1000 hours on operations in J & K area. He was involved in a major aircraft accident in June 1955 in which three of his crew were killed and he was seriously injured. On another occasion also he received injuries when his aircraft crashed on take off at Srinagar. His courage and devotion to duty have been a source of inspiration to other aircrew.
Reference: Gazette of India 26th January 1963 - No. 10-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Pancha Nando Mukherji 3135 GD(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : Wing Commander Panch Nando Mukherji, was detailed a second time for operations in the J & K area. In addition to his duties as navigation leader of one of our Operational squadrons, he carried out the duties of Officer-in-Charge flying at one of our operational Wings. In spit of the hazards in the difficult and unfamiliar mountain terrain, Wing Commander Mukherji always volunteered for operational sorties and flew about 800 operational hours in that area. As Officer-in-charge Flying, he coordinated the operational efforts of the various Squadrons efficiently and with considerable success. During the emergency he was invariably the first to volunteer for any reconnaissance ordered over the operational areas.
Reference: Gazette of India 16th February 1963 - No. 21-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Bharat Singh 3582 GD(P)Unit : 7 Sqn  Award Date 01 Sep 62 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

Squadron Leader Bharat Singh was in command of one of our Fighter Squadrons between June 1959 and April 1962. He was entrusted with the task of forming a Fighter Aerobatic team. He started with four aircraft in March 1960 and within a month led the team in a public display at Bombay. As a result of their impressive performance, he was authorized to start training a nine-aircraft team. The aerobatics training had to be done in addition to the normal operational and training commitment o the Squadron. The nine-aircraft team successfully staged a public display in January 1962. The standard attained by the team was due to the professional skill and training capabilities of Squadron Leader Bharat Singh.

As a Unit Commander, Squadron Leader Bharat Singh ahs all along displayed a high degree of professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India 16th February 1963 - No. 21-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Narayan Parsad Chaudhuri 4296 SIGUnit : 19 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : Squadron Leader Narayan Parsad Chaudhuri was operating with one of our Transport Squadrons from June 1960 and had flown about 750 operational hours. He invariably volunteered for any difficult mission assigned to his squadron despite the flying hazards over unfamiliar mountain terrain. By his high standard of professional ability and enthusiasm, he raised the standard of communications in his Squadron to a high degree of efficiency. During the operations on our northern borders against the Chinese aggression, he carried out 10 reconnaissance sorties and 15 landings in Daulat Beg Oldi, Chushul and Fukche, showing initiative courage and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India 16th February 1963 - No. 21-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Satnam Singh Sodhi 5181 GD(P)Unit : 107 HU  Award Date 04 Oct 62 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

On 4th October 1962, one of our helicopters was stranded in Galwan outpost. In order to rescue its crew, it was essential to send a relief helicopter with a servicing party. No pilot was competent to undertake this difficult task was immediately available. Flight lieutenant Satnam Singh Sodhi, who was being trained for operations in the Ladakh area volunteered to carry out this hazardous mission though he had only 78 hour of flying experience on this type of aircraft and was not familiar with the area. Tough considerable risk was involved, Flight Lieutenant Sodhi was permitted to proceed on this mission. He landed at Galwan successfully at approximately 1630 hours in fading light. Immediately after th e servicing party had alighted, he flew out the stranded crew to a safer place.

In voluntarily undertaking this task, for which he was not fully qualified, Flight Lieutenant Satnam Singh Sodhi displayed a great sense of responsibility and a high degree of professional skill.

Reference: Gazette of India 16th February 1963 - No. 21-Pres/63 dated 26th January, 1963 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Mohinder Singh Khalsa 3138 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Mohinder Singh Khalsa has been a Flight Commander of one of our Transport Squadrons in J and K area since April , 1962. This is his third operational assignment in this area. During the recent Chinese hostilities, he undertook a number of reconnaissance missions in forward areas in the face of enemy fir. When our troops were retreating from Daulat Beg oldi, he was one of the pilots who successfully dropped essential winter clothing and foodstuffs to them. He has flown about 900 operational hours to which more than 500 hours were during the period April – December 1962.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Khalsa has displayed professional skill, courage and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Bernard Fernandez 3467 GD(N)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Bernard Fernandes has been functioning as a Navigation Leader in one of our transport squadrons in J & K area since 1st April 1961. He was responsible for bringing up to operational standards all the junior navigators of the squadron. He did this in record time and it paid rich dividends in the operations in Ladakh in October November 1962.

During the period of actual hostilities he personally led many sorties to reconnoiter new advanced landing grounds and dropping zones as well as to obtain information relating to the invading Chinese forces. On one occasion after one of his own sorties for airlifting AMX tanks Squadron Leader Fernandes, guided another aircraft ot execute a safe landing on the unprepared surface of Chushul aerodrome whose runway had been damaged..

Throughout, Squadron Leader Fernandes displayed initiative, courage and professional skill in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Kaup Mohandas Kamath 3656 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Kaup Mohandas Kamath is a very experienced transport pilot. In addition to his normal duties as a Squadron Commander, he has also acted as an instructor and an examinaer. In the former capacity he has trained almost all the pilots now posted to NO.6 Wing and in the latter he examined more than fifteen Dakota crews in one year. He cheerfully undertook the latter duty in addition to his normal assignment.

Squadron Leader Kamath has shown exceptional devotion to duty and leadership of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Samuel Venkatrao 3830 GD(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Samuel Venkatarao was a navigator of a detachment which was detailed for famine relief operations under very adverse weather conditions in the Mizo Hills area in 1960. He contributed greatly towards successful air-drops of more than 300 tons of food at various difficult dropping zones in that area. In October 1961, he was mainly responsible for setting up a detachment at Gauhati at a very short notice. With an average of two Dakotas a day, he ensured the delivery of 500 tons of supplies to the forward post at Towang in one month. The success of the detachment was due to his ingenuity, resourcefulness and ceaseless efforts. He has so far flown over 5730 hours including about 1000 hours by night. He is also an experienced and qualified Navigation instructor and has about 2000 hours of instructional flying to his credit.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Samuel Venkatarao has shown courage, organizational ability and professional skill.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Iype Kovoor 3869 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Iype Kovoor was serving in a Transport Squadron operating in NEFA area in 1962. When the Chinese forces attacked one of the forward posts of the Assam Rifles, our troops had to withdraw and required food and arms urgently. The terrain was unmapped and the weather was wrought and gusty. Despite these hazards, Squadron Leader Kovoor volunteered to air drop the vital supplies to our troops and did so successfully, But for this timely help, they would have been in a difficult situation.

Squadron Leader Kovoor displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Madan Mohan Dutt 4010 GD(N)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Madan Mohan Dutt has been operating with a transport squadron in J & K Area since May, 1961. In October 1962, when the Chinese forces surrounded our forward post at Galwan in Ladakh, the only means of transport of supplies to tis post was by air. Squadron Leader Dutt, with his vast experience of this terrain, volunteered to navigate the first air-drop sortie. The dropping zone was in a very narrow and dangerous area. In spite of this and unfavourable weather conditions, he located the dropping zone and skillfully carried out cent percent successful drops. He undertook many such sorties and set a fine example to his aircrew.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Dutt has displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Arjan Dev Ralli 4027 GD(P)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Arjan Dev Ralli has been engaged in transport support operations in J & K area since October 1961. During his operational tours he has executed nearly 950 landings at forward airfields and advanced landing grounds.

He has utilized his experience in formulating data for the safe operation of different types of aircraft and has impaired flying instruction to innumerable pilots on these machines. This has supplemented considerably the operational aircrew strength of the Air Force and contributed in large measure ot the capacity of the transport squadrons.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ralli has displayed courage determination and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Dalip Wikram Chauhan 4031 GD(P)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Dalip Wikram Chauhan has been engaged in air-transport operations in J & K area since 13th May 1961. During the Chinese aggression on our northern borders, he displayed great courage and devotion to duty in carrying out reconnaissance missions of areas held by the enemy. Squadron leader Chauhan was also assigned the task of airlifting AMX tanks to Chushul. The first 400 yards of the runway at Chushul had been rendered unserviceable and he would have been well justified in returning to the base. Realizing the importance of his mission, he took a calculated risk and decided to land his aircraft thus setting a fine example to other aircrews.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Chauhan has displayed courage, determination and professional, skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Rishi Prakash Vashist 4347 GD(P)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date 14 Mar 63 Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Squadron Leader Rishi Prakash Vasisht was in NEFA and J & K areas for a period of seven years. On 14th March, 1963, he was detailed for a supply dropping mission in an An-12 transport aircraft in Ladakh area. While flying, he experienced tremendous strain on the flying controls, owing, as was discovered later, to the snapping of the elevator train cable. The aircraft nosed up violently and started to climb with a dangerous drop in airspeed. At this moment, Squadron Leader Vasisht displayed a commendable sense of airmanship and presence of mind in assessing the cause accurately and taking necessary corrective measures, saving the aircraft and bringing its crew to safety.

Squadron Leader Vasisht displayed courage, devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Sudesh Kumar Dahar 4425 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Sudesh Kumar Dahar has been employed on Flying Instructor's duties at one of our Jet Training Wings for the past five y ears. Since June 1961, he is serving in that Unit as Flight Commander. Out of a total of nearly 3000 hours of flying, he has flown about 1200 hours as an instructor on Jet aircraft. All through his stay at the Jet Training Wing, this officer has set an excellent personal example which is a source of inspiration to his fellow instructors in the performance of their duties. Time and again he had been entrusted with difficult trainees, with all of whom he succeeded in achieving remarkable results.

Flight Lieutenant Dahar has displayed devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt John Philipose 4477 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant John Philipose has been operating in J & K area with transport units since 1956. He is one of the first few pilots to fly Packet aircraft over Ladakh area in hazardous conditions over difficult hilly terrain. He undertook the task of airlifting heavy and cumbersome engineer stores to our forward airfields and carried out a total of 43 such missions. As these loads were not cable of ejection in the air, each of the sorties was fraught with grave danger. He has flown about 800 operational flying hours.

Flight Lieutenant Philipose was associated with the evaluation and trials of Packet aircraft fitted wit the newly acquired Jet engine, and contributed considerably to the successful landing and take-off at Daulat Beg Oldi.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Philipose has displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

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