Awardee List for the 83 Sqn RAF

A total of 1 Awards are listed.
Distinguished Flying Cross : 1 |
Distinguished Flying Cross
Plt Offr Shailender Eknath Sukthankar 2810 GD(O)Unit : 83 Sqn RAF  Award Date Announced 01 Sep 43
Details : [83 Squadron, RAF] Pilot Officer CE Sukthanker was the first Indian Officer in the RAF to win a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was commissioned in March 1943 and, having trained as a navigator, took part in many bombing sorties over Berlin, Essen, Dortmund and other strongly defended urban and industrial centres in Germany. During these sorties, he displayed a high level of commitment, skill and efficiency.

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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