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Awards for 5 Squadron

A total of 31 Awards are listed.

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Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrPrem Pal Singh 3871 GD(P) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 10 Sep 65
Details :Wing Commander Prem. Pal Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 15 April 1950. In the beginning he served as a Dakota pilot but later he switched over to the Canberra aircraft

During the Indo-Pak War 1965, Wing Commander Prem Pal Singh commanded No. 5 "Tuskers" Squadron, stationed at Agra. The unit equipped with the Canberra bomber, was assigned the triple task of tactical bombing, close support and armed patrolling. Under his able guidance the squadron carried out tactical bombing of various targets to destroy the Pakistan Air Force on the ground. Led by Wing Commander Prem Pal Singh himself, Pak army camp east of Gujarat and airfields at Chaklala, Dab, Murid, Akwal, Risalwala, Wagowal, Sargodha and Peshawar were successfully attacked by his bombers.

The squadron gave close support to the army in Kasur, Khem Karan, Pasrur, Chawinda and Sialkot sectors. Bombs were dropped on the enemy concentrations at all these places. During the period of war the squadron undertook 39 sorties of armed patrolling over Agra, Palam, Ambala, Halwara and Adampur. Most of the operational missions over the enemy territory were carried out during the hours of darkness. The targets were identified in the moon-light. These dangerous operational sorties were undertaken in the face of heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire with exceptional courage and determination.

Wing Commander Prem Pal was awarded the Mahavir Chakra for displaying a high sense of duty and gallantry.

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

Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrMan Mohan Bir Singh Talwar 4573 F(P) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 17 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :Wing Commander Talwar, Commanding Officer of a Bomber Squadron [No.5 Squadron, Canberras] led five day and night bombing missions against very heavily defended enemy targets within the first 10 days of operations. On one of these missions, he inflicted very severe damage to the Pakistani Air Force installations at Sargodha. In a daylight mission in the Chhamb area, in support of the army, he attacked four enemy gun positions near the Munnawar Tawi river and effectively silenced three of them facilitating the advance of our troops in difficult terrain. Both these targets were heavily defended ; the latter was close to an enemy fighter base from where interception was also likely. Despite this, the officer pressed home his attacks with great determination and much success. His conduct was an inspiration to the crews of the other aircraft which he was leading. The bold leadership, tenacity of purpose, flying skill and bravery displayed by Wing Commander Talwar were largely responsible for the many successes of his squadron.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Bar to Vir Chakra
Wg CdrAnthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares 2773 GD(P) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 06 Dec 61 Announced 10 Sep 62
Details :

Wing Commander Suares was the Commanding Officer of the Canberra Unit operating with UN Forces in the Congo. On 6th December 1961, he and his navigator Squadron Leader (then Flight Lieutenant) Takle were on an air-to-ground operational strafing sortie against an enemy airfield and other installations in Katanga. These officers carried out the attack despite intense enemy fire from the ground and destroyed the target thus enabling the ground forces to achieve their objective. A number of bullets hit the aircraft. One of them hit the navigator in the thigh and he began to bleed profusely. Disregarding his own safety, Wing Commander Suares set the aircraft on auto-pilot and rendered first aid to the navigator and thus helped save his life.

In doing this Wing Commander Suares showed courage in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.57 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962 

Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrManohar Madhav Takle 4116 GD(N) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 06 Dec 61 Announced 10 Sep 62
Details :

Squadron Leader (then Flight Lieutenant) Takle was the navigator of a Canberra aircraft which was on an air-to-ground strafing sortie against an enemy airfield and other installations in Katanga. The aircraft was hit at several places by enemy fire. One of the bullets wounded Squadron Leader Takle and he was bleeding profusely. Despite this he continued to direct the aircraft into attacks until the target was effectively destroyed and did not inform the pilot of his condition until he had calculated and set the course for home. In doing so, Squadron Leader Takle displayed devotion to duty and gallantry of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.58 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962 

Vir Chakra
Flt LtHamir Singh Mangat 5226 GD(N) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 22 Sep 65
Details : Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.133 - Pres/65 dated 22nd September 1965 

Vir Chakra
Sqn LdrSatish Nandan Bansal 4014 GD(N) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 14 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
Sqn LdrChittaranjan Mehta 4615 GD(N) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 14 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
Flt LtSharadchandra Naresh Deshpande 5452 GD(N) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 06 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
Flt LtPradyot Dastidar 5456 GD(N) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date 15 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
Sqn LdrRamesh Chander Kohli 4891 F(P) Unit : 5 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
Sqn LdrDinesh Chandra Bhandari 5219 F(P) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972 

Vir Chakra
Flt LtHarbans Perminder Singh 7485 F(N) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtPadmanabha Gautam 4482 GD(P) Unit : 5 Squadron  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
Wg CdrJoginder Singh Sisodia 7696 F(P) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 85
Details : Citation Not Available
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrAvdesh Kumar Singh 11005 F(P) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 89
Details :Citation Not Available
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Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Muthumanickam Matheswaran 14104 F(P) Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 97
Details : Citation Not Available
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Mention in Despatches
Wg CdrJagdish Chandra Varma 3788 ENG Unit : 5 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 LdrRamesh Sakharam Benegal 4220 GD(P) Unit : 5 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 LdrJagdish Chandra Varma 4251 GD(P) Unit : 5 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 LdrRip Daman Singh Bhandari 4569 GD(N) Unit : 5 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 LdrPadmaker Datta Deshpande 4600 GD(P) Unit : 5 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 LdrAmrik Singh Ahluwalia 4778 GD(N) Unit : 5 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 LdrCharanjit Singh 4823 GD(P) Unit : 5 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 LdrSundaram Kalyanasundaram 5613 ENG Unit : 5 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 LtAvtar Singh Uppal 5223 GD(N) Unit : 5 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 LtArun Kumar Bahl 5330 GD(P) Unit : 5 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 LtMadan Mohan Maini 5925 GD(N) Unit : 5 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
Fg OffrRavi Kapoor 7481 GD(N) Unit : 5 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
SgtParameshwari Chand Dogra 203748 OR Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details : Fitter Armourer
Reference: Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966 

Mention in Despatches
SgtNagendra Vikram 400032 OR Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details : Fitter Armourer
Reference: Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966 

Mention in Despatches
SgtSadanand Shankar Joshi 400378 OR Unit : 5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details : Instrument Repairer I
Reference: Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966 

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