Awards for AFS Halwara

A total of 4 Awards are listed.
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt George Kanisthakumar John 2132 GD(P)Unit : AFS Halwara  Award Date 10 Nov 65 Announced 10 Nov 65
Details : Stn Cdr Halwara
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.123 - Pres/65 dated 10th November 1965 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Chandra Kant Vishwanath Gole 3652 F(P)Unit : AFS Halwara  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN CHANDRA KANT VISWANATH GOLE, AVSM, (3652) F (P): In the conflict with Pakistan, Group Captain Gole was the Station Commander of a forward base [Halwara]. With complete disregard to personal safety and with unflagging zeal, he successfully directed the air defence operations in the Punjab Sector. His base was subjected to repeated enemy air raids. On one occasion, he narrowly escaped death when a time bomb exploded very close to him, killing two. Unmindful of the incident, and even though he suffered a temporary deafness, as a result of this, he exhibited great leadership and zeal, which enabled him to meet fully the entire needs of the operational squadrons based at his station. In the discharge of his functions as a Commander, he inspired his men by his outstanding courage, selfless devotion to duty and quaJities-of fine leadership. The high morale, with which he imbued the aircrew and the ground personnel of his station, was a major contribution to the success of air operations. As a leader of men and an administrator and organiser of high ability, Group Captain Gole rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Shri Krishna Singh 3996 ACCTUnit : AFS Halwara  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Squadron Leader Shri Krishna Singh was in charge of ground defence and security arrangements of an airfield when hostilities started with Pakistan. On 6th September 1965, over 60 Pakistani paratroopers, equipped with modern weapons and equipment, were air-dropped in the vicinity of the unit to carry out sabotage to our aircraft and installations. Squadron Leader Singh organised a mobile patrol and under his intelligent and able direction, the patrol foiled the enemy’s plan. Finding the airfield defences formidable, the paratroopers finally withdrew from the airfield and were captured by civil and army authorities.

On 7th September, 1965, when information was received that some paratroopers had been hiding near a village, Squadron Leader Shri Krishna Singh volunteered to lead a mobile armed patrol to apprehend them. During this operation, he was able to apprehend three paratroopers, including the officer in charge of the Pakistani Para contingent. On an extensive search made under his supervision, 70 parachutes and a considerable quantity of automatic weapons and other equipment were captured. This bold action on the part of Squadron Leader Shri Krishna Singh made the paratroopers attack on the airfields ineffective.

Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Mention in Despatches
Wg Cdr Dalbir Yadav 4241 F(P)Unit : AFS Halwara  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 

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