Vayu Sena Medal Awardee List for the 10 Sqn

A total of 7 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal : 7 |
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Sushil Agnihotri 9805 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date 07 Oct 69 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Flying Officer (now Flight Lieutenant) Sushil Agnihotri has been serving in an operational Squadron since December 1968. On 7th October 1969, he was detailed to fly on a Sector reconnaissance sortie. On completion of the exercise, he joined the circuit for a landing. On the downwind leg, the undercarriage did not lock down due to a total hydraulic failure. He immediately selected the flying controls to manual and lowered the under­carriage with the emergency system. As he operated the flaps with the emergency system, the aircraft started a vicious roll to the left due to differential flap lowering. He tried to keep the aircraft under control, but the force required on the control column was so great that he was barely able to hold the aircraft level. He also observed that the brake accumulator pressure had gone down. He was by this time, running short of fuel. He decided to abandon the aircraft and transmitted a radio message to this effect. As he was attempting to head the aircraft in a safe direction and was gaining height to eject, he found that he could control the aircraft with only a slight and gradual loss of direction. Noticing this, he revised his decision to abandon the aircraft and decided to make one more attempt to land. The flying controls were in manual and even the aileron trimmer was not available to him. The brake pressure remained low and he was by now very short of fuel. However, he touched down right at the beginning of the runway, streamed the tail chute and shut down the engine. By judicious application of brakes, he managed to slow down the aircraft but then the brakes failed. Eventually, the aircraft went off the runway at very low speed and came to a stop without any damage.

Throughout, Flying Officer Sushil Agnihotri displayed professional skill, courage and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Arun Vithal Kamat 6009 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 74
Details :

Squadron Leader Arun Vithal Kamat was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in December, 1960. He has flown 1400 hours on operational aircraft. During the lndo-Pak Conflict of 1971, he was employed as a Flight Commander in one of the fighter squadrons operating from an advance base in the Western Sector. On the 9th December, 1971, he was detailed to lead a section of two aircraft, their target being a Pakistani airfield. This was his 4th operational mission over enemy territory. He commenced the attack in the face of heavy fire from enemy's anti-aircraft guns and light machine guns. His aircraft was badly hit. Finding that it was impossible to control the aircraft, he abandoned the aircraft. He broke both his legs on impact with the ground.

Squadron Leader Arun Vithal Kamat thus displayed courage, determination and exceptional devotion to duly in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Peter Eric Gaynor 5110 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 75
Details :

Squadron Leader Peter Eric Gaynor was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April, 1956. He has been engaged in Flight Commander's duties in front line fighter Squadrons since 1962. He has a total of 3280 flying hours on jet Fighter aircraft. He took part in the 1961 Goa operations and also in the Indo-Pak Conflicts of 1965 and 1971. On one mission, which he was leading with fighter escorts, the formation was attacked by two F-104 aircraft. He so maneuvered the formation that the escort aircraft were able to shoot down both the attacking aircraft. Due to his extreme devotion to duty his Squadron has completed all its tasks and maintained a high standard of operational readiness.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Peter Eric Gaynor displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Bakshi 5012 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 76
Details :

Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Bakshi was a Flight Commander in a Fighter/Bomber Squadron from January, 1974. He took part in the 1971 operations and was awarded Vir Chakra in December, 1971, for gallantry in the Rajasthan Sector.

On the 4th March 1976, during a routine training flight he was confronted with a serious in-flight emergency involving failure of the starboard engine soon after take off, resulting in engine fire and jamming of rudder control. Wing Commander Bakshi reacted to the emergency in a cool manner, controlled the fire and brought the aircraft down to a safe height despite marginal control The engine casing had burst causing extensive Airframe damage. With remarkable presence of mind and professional skill, he landed the aircraft safely and avoided a serious accident. By this act, he not only saved aircraft but also brought back valuable evidence which would otherwise have been destroyed.

Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Bakshi thus displayed exemplary courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 26th February 1977 - No.21- Pres/77 dated 6th August 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Vinod Kumar Verma 11638 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 83
Details :

Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Verma is posted since 30 December 80 as Flight Commander of an operational fighter squadron.

The Squadron was re­equipped with a new type of aircraft. Sqn Ldr VK Verma displayed utmost devotion to duty and dedication to work which helped the Squadron in the commencement of regular flying inspite of the various teething problems during the re-equipment. In a very short time, he was able to formulate the training syllabus and various procedures relating to the new type of aircraft, and has proved his high standard of professional knowledge.

Sqn Ldr VK Verma has always taken utmost pride in his work, shown selfless devotion to duty which has been a source of inspiration to his juniors and has earned great admiration from his superiors.

For his utmost devotion to duty, dedication to work and high standard of professional ability, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Verma.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Krishna Balakrishna Menon 9028 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 86
Details :

Wing Commander Krishna Balakrishna Menon has been posted to a fighter squadron as Commanding Officer since 02 May 83.

Wg Cdr Menon took over the Squadron at a stage when not even a single pilot was fully ops on type. He took the challenge ad through his exceptional organizing ability, dedication and professional skill, brought the Squadron to fully operational state. Presently, all the pilots are fully operational and are 100% rated and as a consequence the Squadron was adjudged the best instrument rated Squadron in the Air Force for 1984. His unit has been given the additional role of Type Training Squadron. He undauntedly took the additional responsibility and accomplished the demanding task of completing conversion of 28 pilots during his tenure as CO.

Wg Cdr Menon is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has 4100 hours of flying to his credit. During exercise "Yudh Abhiyas" his Squadron operated from two locations with limited resources and achieved the task without an incident. Because of his analytical approach, keenness for imparting knowledge and able guidance, this unit has a very good Flight Safety record. He has always displayed exemplary behavior, exceptional resourcefulness and ensured effective utilization of major sources of men and material. He has kept the Squadron as a cohesive unit with extremely high morale because of his personal example, correct guidance, perception of subordinates problems and unusual gift of putting people at ease.

Under the capable leadership of Wg Cdr KB Menon the Squadron was the first Vijay Squadron to become operational in the use of Instrument Runway rating system and to undertake offensive air support by night. Having achieved this capability, his was the only unit to take part in exercise "GLOW WORM I & II" where full capability of IRLS equipment was exploited both by day and night. This went a long way in enhancing the operational image of the Air Force.

For his qualities of leadership, accomplishment of objectives, exceptional professional skill and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wing Commander Krishna Balakrishna Menon.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th April 1986 - No.36-Pres/86 dated 26th January 1986 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Sanjeev Raj 18276 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 07
Details :

Wing Commander Sanjeev Raj (18276) F (P) was commissioned on 07 Jun 86 in the Flying Branch of IAF as a Fighter Pilot. He has been the Flight Commander of a Mig-29 Squadron for three years and has commanded a MiG-21 Squadron at a forward Air Base. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader.

He took over command of a fighter squadron on 29 Dec 03. The role of unit is to train ab-initio pilots to become fighter pilots. Twenty five ab-initio pilots have been posted to the unit in this period and fifteen successfully graduated as fighter pilots. The Squadron flew 7984 sorties and 4818.50 hours during his command which is the maximum flying done by any MiG-21 squadron. A very keen flier, he himself has flown 961 sorties/578 hours during this tenure which reflects his active involvement and supervision. During his tenure, the Squadron did not have any CAT 1 accident.

Under his leadership, the unit maintained exceptionally high serviceability of aircraft and was able to achieve 100% serviceability on one occasion on 17 Mar 05. Inspite of significant manning and technical constraints of the MiG21 fleet, the overall output, quality of work, consistency and morale of the unit has been exceptional primarily because of his leadership and professionalism. Leading the team from the front, he delivered outstanding results across operational, maintenance and administrative fronts. The Squadron was adjudged as the 'Best Combat Squadron' of SWAC in the year 2005. The squadron's performance was well appreciated by DASI in the year 2005 with Average Plus to Above Average results.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sanjeev Raj.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 17th March 2007. No.90-Pres/2007 dated 26th January 2007 

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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