Awards for 27 Sqn


A total of 20 Awards are listed.
Vir Chakra : 7 | Vayu Sena Medal : 2 | Vishist Seva Medal : 2 | Mention in Despatches : 9 |
Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Dev Nath Rathore 5780 GD(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 10 Sep 65
Details : On the 6th September, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Dev Nath Rathore was detailed as the leader of a section of two aircraft to carry out a dusk combat air patrol over Halwara airfield. The airfield was subjected to an attack by four Pakistani Sabres which had also engaged two of our aircraft orbiting the airfield. In complete disregard of his personal safety, Flight Lieutenant Rathore flew his section through a heavy barrage put up by our ground defences engaged one of the enemy aircraft and shot it down before it could inflict any damage. The courage and leadership displayed by Flight Lieutenant Dev Nath Rathore in this combat were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965 

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Vinod Kumar Neb 8189 GD(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 10 Sep 65
Details : On the 6th September, 1965, Flying Officer Vinod Kumar Neb was detailed as number two in a section of two aircraft to carry out a standing patrol over Halwara airfield. Two of our aircraft were on the circuit. Suddenly four Pakistani Sabre Jets sneaked in low and started to attack the airfield and also our aircraft on the circuit. Flying Officer Neb, though still under training and short of experience, attacked the enemy formation with supreme confidence and shot down one of the enemy Sabres. During this encounter, Flying Officer Vinod Kumar Neb displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965 

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Kishan Lakhimal Malkani 10576 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date 05 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Kishan Lakhimal Malkani was serving with a Fighter-Bomber Squadrons. On the 4th December, 1971, he was detailed to carry out a dusk strike mission over an enemy airfield. In spite of poor visibility over the target, he successfully carried out the attack and destroyed one blast pen. On the 5th December 1971, he was detailed as Number Two in a strike mission over an enemy Signals Unit. He attacked the Radar Unit and caused such extensive damage that the Radar Station never came on the air throughout the operations. In this operation he made the supreme sacrifice.

In this action, Flying Officer Kishan Lakhimal Malkani displayed gallantry, determination, 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
Fg Offr Jai Singh Gahlawat 11280 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operation against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Jai Singh Gahalawat as a pilot in a Fighter-Bomber Squadron, flew several operational missions against the enemy. On the 5th December he carried out a strike in Kathua sector and destroyed a bridge. On the 7th December, while on a close support mission, he des troyed a number of enemy tanks. During one of his missions his aircraft was badly hit by enemy ground fire but he remained calm and cool and brought the aircraft back safely. On the 9th December 1971, he was number two in a two aircraft formation when the formation was attacked by six enemy Mirages. He kept a good look around and gave full cover to and support to his leader. Even though 12 Air to Air missiles were fired at them by the enemy aircraft. The formation safely returned to base. On the 10th December while on a close air support mission in Chhamb sector he saw his leader being hit by ground fire and crashing but he remained unperturbed and pressed home his attack on the enemy concentration causing heavy damage.

Throughout, Flying Officer Jai Singh Gahalawat 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 Mohinder Kumar Jain 5327 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date 10 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 74
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Mohinder Kumar Jain was serving with a FighterBomber Squadron in the Western Sector. on the 4th December, 1971, he carried out two strike missions over Mianwali airfield and attacked enemy aircraft parked on the ground. As he turned homeward after the attack, he was attacked by enemy Sabre and Mirage aircraft. He successfully disengaged himself from the enemy attack and brought his aircraft safely back to base. On the 5th, 7th and 9th December, 1971, he carried out further successful missions to Poonch, Sambha and Dinanagar Sectors in support of our ground forces. On the 10th December 1971 he was detailed as leader of a two aircraft strike mission, to the Chhamb Sector. Despite heavy and concentrated ground fire he made accurate bomb and cannon attacks on the enemy positions. During this action his aircraft was hit and crashed in enemy territory.

Throughout these operations, Squadron Leader Mohinder Kumar Jain displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 11th May 1974 - No.74 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Gurdev Singh Rai 9015 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date 05 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 74
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Gurdev Singh Rai was serving with a Fighter-Bomber Squadron in the Western Sector. On the 4th December, 1971, he was detailed to carry out a strike mission on a Sakesar Signals Unit Complex. He carried out the mission successfully, causing extensive damage to the installations and aerials of the unit, despite strong air and ground opposition. On the 5th December 1971, he was detailed as leader of a strike mission to the same target. He exhibited conspicuous courage and determination in the face of strong enemy opposition and succeeded in damaging the Radar Unit to the extent that it went off the air completely thereafter. But unfortunately, he could not be contacted thereafter.

Throughout this operation, Flight Lieutenant Gurdev Singh Rai displayed gallantry and leadership of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 11th May 1974 - No.74 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974 

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Sudhir Tyagi 10871 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 74
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Sudhir Tyagi was serving with a Fighter-Bomber Squadron in the Western Sector. On the 4th December, 1971, he was No. 2 in a two aircraft strike mission over Murid airfield. While engaged in attacking the enemy airfield, he spotted an enemy aircraft close on the tail of the leader of the mission. He engaged the aircraft and shot it down, when a Mirage and two Sabres of the enemy closed in to attack him. In ensuing air battle, in spite of being outnumbered, he fought valiantly but his aircraft was shot down.

Throughout this operation, Flying Officer Sudhir Tyagi displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 11th May 1974 - No.74 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Mian Niranjan Singh 4340 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander Mian Naranjan Singh commanded an operational Squadron from April 1967 to July 1970. During his tenure, inspite of shortage of experienced pilots he succeeded in improving the operational efficiency of the Squadron by intelligent planning, hard work and close supervision. His Squadron won a number of trophies in various competitions and gunnery meets held by his Air Command. The Squadron under his guidance consistently met the flying tasks allotted to it and participated with credit in every exercise held in the theatre.

Throughout, Wing Commander Mian Naranjan Singh displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Goy Darasha Bomboat 12025 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations, against Pakistan in December 1971, Flying Officer Gey Darsha Bamboat was serving with an operational Squadron in the Western Sector. He flew a number of operational sorties. On one such sortie he was attacked by four MiG-19 aircraft of the enemy. In the engagement his aircraft was hit and the drop tank was damaged. Though he was short of fuel, he brought the aircraft back safely. On the 4th December, 1971, while carrying out search and strike mission in the Chhamb Sector, the enemy Act Ack hit and damaged his aircrafts hydraulic system but he brought the aircraft back to base.

Throughout, Flying Officer Gey Darsha Bamboat displayed courage, professional skill and devotion td duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972 

Vishist Seva Medal
WO Gopal Nilakanth Joshi 30541 ORUnit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date 01 Jan 66 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

During the recent hostilities between India and Pakistan, the personnel of operational squadrons had to work hard and for much longer periods in order to maintain a high serviceability state of aircraft. Warrant Officer Joshi was the fitter in-charge of the second dispersal area of an operational squadron and was responsible for servicing the aircraft in his charge. He displayed leadership and courage of a high order and inspired the airmen to continue working under very adverse conditions. Because of his presence with the men at all times, day and night, the morale of the men was very high. It was during this period that the airfield was subjected to heavy bombing for several nights continuously. Warrant Officer Joshi's cool and clam nature served to encourage the airmen to stick to their tasks. In spite of the bombing and lack of rest during the nights, Warrant Officer Joshi was seen on duty in the mornings with the aircraft ready for operations.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1966 Number:17 

Vishist Seva Medal
WO Darbara Singh 200052 ORUnit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date 22 Jun 72 Announced 22 Jun 72
Details :

200052 Warrant Officer Darbara Singh was posted as Warrant Officer in-charge Central Repair and Servicing Section for Fighter Bomber aircraft at a forward air base during the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971. By efficiently managing the Central Repair and Servicing Section he appreciably reduced the turn time around time of the Fighter Bomber aircraft thereby increased the rate of serviceability. Undaun ted by the enemy raids he continued working and by his personal example inspired his colleagues and subordinates to contribute substantially to the operational readiness of the aircraft.

Warrant Officer Darbara Singh displayed dedication to duty, professional skill of a very high order and thereby rendered distinguished service in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force. He is awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 22 Jun 1972 Number:85 

Mention in Despatches
Wg Cdr George Douglas Clarke 3295 GD(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966 

Mention in Despatches
Sqn Ldr Dilip Shankar Jog 4608 GD(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966 

Mention in Despatches
Sqn Ldr Donald Melvyn Conquest 4692 GD(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966 

Mention in Despatches
Sqn Ldr Avinash Wasudeo Lele 4885 GD(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966 

Mention in Despatches
Flt Lt Pratipaul Singh Parihar 6775 GD(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966 

Mention in Despatches
Flt Lt Vijay Narain Bansal 7994 AEMUnit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 23 Jun 72
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972 

Mention in Despatches
Fg Offr Avinash Deodatta Joshi 10886 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 23 Jun 72
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972 

Mention in Despatches
Fg Offr Roshan Lal Hastu 10891 F(P)Unit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 23 Jun 72
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972 

Mention in Despatches
WO P K Goel 261134 ORUnit : No.27 Squadron  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 99
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India No.28 - Pres/2000 dated 11th March 2000 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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