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Awards for 31 Squadron

A total of 6 Awards are listed.

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Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrWilliam MacDonald Goodman 3571 GD(P) Unit : 31 Squadron  Award Date 01 Sep 65 Announced 10 Sep 65
Details :

Wing Commander William MacDonald Goodman was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as General Duties (Pilot) on I April 1949.

On I September 1965, Pakistan launched a strong armour attack in the Chhamb sector with a view to cut the Indian communication lines to Kashmir. This posed a great threat to Indian security. Wing Commander Goodman, commanding No.31 Squadron flying the Mystere IVa fighter bombers at Pathankot, was entrusted with the task of destroying enemy tanks and troop concentrations in the Chhamb sector.

The squadron immediately went into action and blunted the enemy offensive by destroying his tanks and armoured vehicles. Between 2 and 8 September, the squadron undertook many reconnaissance and ground attack missions in the area. These included rocketing of tank concentrations at Troti and Chhamb and strafing of enemy positions at Jaurian.

On 9 September the Squadron did the more commendable work. A photo recce and strike mission was undertaken between Kasur and Raiwind by two aircraft. They attacked a train carrying tanks and destroyed twenty of them. This was followed by an attack on a tank and heavy gun concentration at Chawinda. Many of these reconnaissance and ground attack missions were led by Wing Commander Goodman himself in the face of heavy air and ground opposition. He was a source of inspiration to all ranks under his command. Under his guidance the Squadron maintained a very high standard of serviceability which contributed to a number if successful strikes on enemy positions. Wing Commander Goodman was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for conspicuous gallantry, leadership and professional skill.

Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.124 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965 

Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrAnthony Louis Mousinho 4418 GD(P) Unit : 31 Squadron  Award Date 01 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details : Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vir Chakra
Wg CdrMurari Lal Trehon 4577 F(P) Unit : 31 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

Vir Chakra
Flt LtAditya Vikram Pethia 8384 F(P) Unit : 31 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 73
Details : Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 16th June 1973 - No.37 - Pres/73 dated 26th January 1973 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtManayanthara Kunjanpillai Raghava Menon 8766 F(P) Unit : 31 Squadron  Award Date 16 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

In December 1971 Flight Lieutenant Nayanthara Kunjan Pillai Raghava Menon was attached to a Fighter Bomber Squadron which operated from one of the forward airfields. He flew a number of operational missions deep into enemy territory despite heavy ground and air opposition. On 16th December, 1971, while on a bombing and strffing missionhis aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was injured badly, his vision was hampered and he lost a lot of blood. But he flew back to his base with calm and cool courage and landed safely though he was found on landing to be barely conscious.

For his courage, determination and flying skill of a high order he is awarded the Vayu Sena Medal.

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

Mention in Despatches
Fg OffrMichael McMahon 7399 GD(P) Unit : 31 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 

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