Awards for the year 1971


A total of 96 Awards are listed.
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Padma Vibhushan
Gp Capt Suranjan Das 3175 F(P)Unit : HAL  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details : HAL
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Idris Hasan Latif 1804 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.26 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Madhukar Mallanah Shrinagesh 1665 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.26 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Lal Singh Grewal 2337 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.26 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Ramesh Sakharam Benegal 4220 F(P)Unit : 106 Sqn  Award Date 17 Dec 71 Announced 18 Dec 71
Details : As the Officer Commanding of an Operational reconnaissance squadron [No.106 SR Squadron, Canberras] he has carried out a very large number of missions over enemy territory and has obtained vital information about enemy Air Force and other installations. These missions have entailed flying unarmed and unescorted vary deep into enemy territory and to heavily defended targets. The information brought back from these missions has facilitated the planning of Army, Air Force and Naval operations and has thus directly contributed to the attrition of the Pakistani war machine, It is further to the credit of Wing Commander Benegal that he has never returned from any of these innumerable missions without having achieved his object in full measure. While flying repeatedly deep into enemy territory in an unarmed aircraft he has displayed gallantry, devotion to duty and professional skill of the highest order.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Vidya Bhushan Vasisht 4584 F(P)Unit : 44 Sqn  Award Date 03 Dec 71 Announced 18 Dec 71
Details : Wing Commander Vasisht, the Commanding Officer of an operational squadron [No.44 Squadron, Antonov An-12] , led a group of heavy bombers of his squadron to attack an important enemy fuel and ammunition dump at Changa Manga forest on the night of December 3. 1971. In spite of very heavy enemy ground fire. the pressed home the attack, and caused severe damage to the target. Again, on the next night, he led another raid to the same target and succeeded in causing further heavy damage in the face of intense enemy ground fire. On the night of December 5, 1971, he led a formation of his bombers, this time to attack enemy positions in the Haji Pir Pass in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The difficulties and dangers of this operation were due as much to the great volume of ground fire in the target area, as to the hazards of flying his large aircraft and leading his formation at low level through mountainous terrain. In spite of these hazards. Wing Commander Vasisht pressed home tha attack and achieved marked success in hitting the enemy's positions. In addition to these, he had led many other missions deep into enemy territory where opposition could be expected from fighter aircraft and anti-aircraft fire. In all these raids Wing Commander Vasisht completed the tasks to him without any loss to our aircraft. He has displayed inspired leadership, exceptional devotion to duly, and conspicuous bravery in repeatedly leading attacks against heavily defended enemy targets, night after night.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Harcharan Singh Manget 4666 F(P)Unit : 32 Sqn  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 18 Dec 71
Details : As the Commanding Officer of a fighter bomber squadron [No.32 Squadron, Sukhoi-7] he has undertaken a number of interdiction and close support missions and also many photographic reconnaissance sorties, without fighter escort, deep into enemy territory. The information brought by him from the reconnaissance sorties has been of great value to the Army and the Air Force in their operational planning. While on a strike mission his aircraft was hit thrice by intense anti-aircraft fire but he pressed forward until he found that the other aircraft in his formation had also suffered serious damage. At this point enemy interceptors came on the scene. Despite this, he extricated his formation from the hazardous situation and led it safely back to base. On landing it was found that his aircraft was extensively damaged and major portions of the control surfaces completely shot away. Only superb flying skill and courage of the highest order could have brought such a badly damaged aircraft back to a safe landing. His leadership of the mission in those circumstances was outstanding. He has displayed gallantry determination and professional skill of the highest order.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Madhabendra Banerji 4898 F(P)Unit : 101 Sqn  Award Date 17 Dec 71 Announced 18 Dec 71
Details : Squadron Leader Banerji, a senior pilot in a fighter bomber squadron [No101 Squadron, Sukhoi-7], led no fewer than 14 missions in S-22 aircraft within the first week of the present war against enemy targets, most of them in support of our Army in the Chhamb battles. During these missions, he destroyed two enemy tanks and two guns. On three occasions, he was personally responsible for attacking the enemy in the face of heavy ground fire, thus relieving pressure on our own troops. He has displayed bravery and skill in repeatedly returning to the fray in the face of extremely heavy ground fire.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Idandas Werhoma Sabhaney 2607 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jemji Hormusji Framji Maneckshaw 2690 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Dilbagh Singh 2998 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Douglas George King-Lee 3040 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Dina Nath Maniktala 3434 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ramesh Chandra Jain 3546 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Reginald John Manuel Upot 3599 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Chandra Kant Vishwanath Gole 3652 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ramesh Sakharam Benegal 4220 GD(P)Unit : 106 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Gandharva Sen 4429 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Badhwar 4669 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Madhusudan Shirpad Tatke 3775 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 71 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India : No.27 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Govind Chandra Singh Rajwar 8103 F(N)Unit : 106 Sqn  Award Date Announced 17 Dec 71
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Govind Chandra Singh Rajwar, he undertook a large number of hazardous missions and completed them successfully. The information obtained on these missions contributed to a large extent towards our planning and successful execution of operations.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Govind Chandra Singh Rajwar displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972 

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Charanjit Singh 4823 F(P)Unit : 106 Sqn  Award Date Announced 21 Dec 71
Details : During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron leader Charanjit Singh undertook a large number of missions over enemy territory and brought back very valuable information on enemy targets and dispositions which have greatly helped in the successful planning and execution of operations. With full knowledge of the dangers involved, he volunteered and undertook these missions cheerfully. In these missions, he penetrated deep into enemy territory fearlessly during day time.

Throughout, Squadron leader Charanjit Singh displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Mohinder Singh Sandhu 8101 F(P)Unit : 106 Sqn  Award Date Announced 30 Dec 71
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Mohinder Singh Sandhu flew a number of operational reconnaissance missions over enemy territory. On the 4th December, 1971, he was detailed for an air mission over Sargodha at night. He carried out this mission successfully.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Mohinder Singh Sandhu displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Denis Anthony La Fontaine 3844 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Denis Anthony Lafontaine served at an operation Wing during a significant phase of transition from subsonic and transonic aircraft to supersonic aircraft. The strategic importance of the Wing required it to become fully operational with the new equipment in the shortest possible time. Despite many problems and numerous other commitments, he set to the task with dedication, skill and high professional ability. He has, to his credit, 2,700 hours of accident-free flying on a wide range of aircraft. He has flown over fifty sorties on the new supersonic aircraft and from this experience found solutions to urgent problems connected with the re-equipment task. In a short time, he reorganised the flying pattern and raised the combat status of the Wing.

Throughout, Wing Commander Denis Anthony Lafontaine displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Hatendra Narain Bysak 3857 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Harendra Narain Bysak worked as Officerin-Charge Flying at an operational Wing from January 1969 to July 1970. During his service, he revised the operational Standing Orders and Procedures, planned a new Operations Room and streamlined the operational setテつュup of the Wing. By his untiring zeal, professional skill, initiative and devotion to duty Wing Commander Bysak raised the operational potential of the Wing significantly. His achieve ments contributed substantially towards the creditable performance of the Wing in Exercises held in May and June 1970.

Throughout, Wing Commander Harendra Narain Bysak displayed professional skill, initiative and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Surendra Sahney 3860 F(P)Unit : AEB  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Surendra Sahney has been closely associated with planning of Transport Support Operations in the Eastern Sector, training of paratroopers and examining IAF aircrew. He has flown nearly 5,000 hours on various types of aircraft, of which 2,000 hours have been on instructional sorties and 700 hours on operational flying over hazardous terrain. During 1965テつュ66 in the Eastern Sector, he organised the airlift of supplies and evacuation of casualties with great success. He also arranged transport support operations in the Mizo Hills and was responsible for selection of many Dropping Zones in use today. As Officer Commanding the Paratroopers Training School, he was instrumental in introducing night formation flying on transport aircraft for the first time In the Indian Air Force. As Officer Commanding the Aircrew Examining Board, he set a high standard in examining aircrew.

Throughout, Wing Commander Surendra Sahney displayed professional skill and devotional to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Robert Arnold Weir 3881 F(P)Unit : 4 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Robert Arnold Weir has commanded Fighter Squadrons of the Air Force for nearly eight years. Through his efforts, young pilots have learnt to fly supersonic aircraft on most complex missions. In 1969, his Squadron had the lowest accident rate of all fighter Squadrons of the Air Force. Due to his excellent leadership, his Squadron maintained a high state of operational readiness at all times. Wing Commander Weir is a qualified Flying Instructor, has a Master Green Instrument Rating and has flown over 3,000 hours on singleテつュengined aircraft.

Throughout, Wing Commander Robert Arnold Weir displayed professional skill and devotion to duty

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Surendra Kumar Mehra 4197 F(P)Unit : 28 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details : Wing Commander Mehra commanded a Supersonic Squadron of the air force for two and a half years. Under his inspiring leadership the squadron maintained a high state of operational readiness and was awarded the Air Force Instrument Rating Trophy two years running. He has an outstanding personal flying record with over 3400 hours of accident free flying on jet aircraft. For years , he has held the highest professional qualifications and has been an examiner on various types of aircraft.

Awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for professional competence and exceptional devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Har Mohan Singh Chatwal 4198 F(P)Unit : 7 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details : Wing Commander Chatwal commanded an operational squadron for three years. He has also been a Flight Commander in three operational squadrons and has to his credit over 4500 hours of accident free flying on fighter aircraft. His inspiring leadership made his squadron, the pride of the command and it led both in training and in operational performance. The colour-trailing aerobatic team was another feather in his Squadrons cap which made it one of the foremost units in the Air Force.

Awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for professional ability and exceptional devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Mian Niranjan Singh 4340 F(P)Unit : 27 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander Mian Naranjan Singh commanded an operational Squadron from April 1967 to July 1970. During his tenure, inspite of shortage of experienced pilots he succeeded in improving the operational efficiency of the Squadron by intelligent planning, hard work and close supervision. His Squadron won a number of trophies in various competitions and gunnery meets held by his Air Command. The Squadron under his guidance consistently met the flying tasks allotted to it and participated with credit in every exercise held in the theatre.

Throughout, Wing Commander Mian Naranjan Singh displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Jagdish Chandra Sabharwal 4443 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander Jagdish Chandra Sabherwal commanded with distinction an operational Squadron from December 1967 to July 1970. During his tenure, the Squadron was re-equipped with a new type of aircraft. Under his able leadership, it achieved fully operational status within the shortest possible time. He has flown over 4,000 hours, and is qualified as a Flying Instructor, Pilot Attack Instructor and Instrument Rating Examiner. His own skill and professional ability in combat has been an inspiration to the pilots under his command. His Squadron has completed all tasks assigned to it over the past two years in a commendable manner.

Throughout, Wing Commander Jagdish Chandra Sabherwal displayed professional skill, devotion to duty and leadership.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Prithi Singh 4480 F(P)Unit : 101 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander Pirthi Singh took over command of a fighter Squadron which was being re-equipped with a new type of aircraft. He personally carried out extensive trials to collect valuable data required for maximum exploitation of this aircraft. Reテつュequipment of this Squadron at a forward base demanded very close supervision and leadership. The problems associated with induction of this aircraft in the Indian Air Force were also unusual. Inspite of the difficulties, the Squadron became fully operational in remarkably short time and Wing Commander Singh himself attained the highest instrument rating on the new type of aircraft.

Throughout, Wing Commander Pirthi Singh displayed devotion to duty and leadership.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Suresh Seetaram Sane 4501 F(P)Unit : 33 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Wing Commander Suresh Sitaram Sane has a total of 4,765 hours of flying to his credit, of which a large number has been flown on operational sorties in the Eastern Sector. In January 1969, he assumed Command of a transport squadron and set out to improve its already high operational potential. This he succeeded in doing with a short period of time. By his efforts, a large number of aircrew also obtained their transport categories. Noteworthy amongst his achievements is the recovery of a damaged aircraft from an advanced landing ground where it had met with on accident. In the absence of adequate maintenance facilities at the Advance Landing Ground, the aircraft was only partially repaired but Wing Commander Sane flew it out successfully.

Throughout, Wing Commander Suresh Sita Ram Sane displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Lawrence Menezes 5280 F(P)Unit : 4 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Lawrence Menezes was a Flight Commander in a supersonic fighter Squadron from April 1967 to June 1970. He carried out a total of over 2,100 hours of flying on jets, of which over 500 hours were on supersonic fighter aircraft. He is one of the experienced supersonic fighter pilots who has played an outstanding part in training younger pilots to a high degree of professional efficiency. He has achieved a Master Green Instrument rating. As the Pilot Attack Instructor of his Squadron, he has been instrumental in the achievement of high standards of gunnery by the pilots.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Lawrence Menezes displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Harsheran Singh Gill 4657 F(P)Unit : 47 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Hersern Singh Gill was one of the first pilots to be selected to fly a highly sophisticated aircraft introduced in the Indian Air Force. Since then, he has been actively connected with this aircraft either a Flight Commander or as a Staff Officer. He holds a Master Green instrument rating on the aircraft, and is an Instrument Rating Instructor. Due to his efforts, his Squadron attained 100% instrument rating and a very high operational state on the new type of aircraft. He was selected by Air Command to give a low level aerobatic demonstration on the aircraft on two occasions during the visits of foreign dignitaries.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Hersern Singh Gill displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Anaswami Shridharan 4761 F(P)Unit : 101 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Annaswami Sridharan was posted to an operational unit whose role was to train pilots on a new type of supersonic aircraft. He was the only Flight Commander in the unit qualified to undertake this task. He had to devise the entire training syllabus and programme, prepare orders and operating procedures. He flew on an average four instructional sorties daily, in addition to conducting ground lectures and training of pilots under conversion. He worked beyond the call of duty regularly, and was successful in converting pilots on to the new and sophisticated aircraft.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Annaswami Sridharan displayed initiative, drive and processional skill.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Dhirendra Singh Jafa 4819 F(P)Unit : 26 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Dhirendra Singh Jafa work ed as Senior Flight Commander in an operational Squadron from February 1968 to July 1969. This Squadron was the first to be equipped with a new type of supersonic aircraft. Through his tireless efforts, zeal and dedication to duty, he ensured that the Squadron was fully operational in the shortest possible time.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Dhirendra Singh Jafa displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Mohan Chandra 4889 F(P)Unit : 114 HU  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Mohan Chandra has been commanding a Helicopter Unit. He has to his credit more than 1,000 hours of operational flying on Transport aircraft and helicopters.

His flying career has been accident free. He has attained the highest Transport category and instrument rating. Under his guidance, the unit has been brought up to a high degree of operational efficiency. For more than two years, there has been no accident in his Unit. Except when grounded by weather, his unit has met all demands for flights made upon it. With the introduction of a categorization scheme for helicopter pilots, he organised training schedules for his unit and carried out the training programme single-handed. It is as a result of his efforts that, all pilots in his Unit have now been successfully categorized.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Mohan Chandra displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Madhabendra Banerji 4898 F(P)Unit : 101 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Madhavendra Banerji has been a Flight Commander of an operational squadron since June 1968. He has flown a total of 3,826 hours and holds a Master Green instrument rating with an Instrument Rating Instructor endorsement. He was one of the first batch of pilots who had undergone flying training on a new type of supersonic aircraft. He displayed considerable initiative and professional skill and in a relatively short time trained the pilots of Squadron to full operational status.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Madhavendra Banerji displayed professional skill, initiative 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 Ishwar Ramachandra Sonpar 4792 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Ishwar Ramchand Sonpar was commissioned in November 1954. After his basic flying training, he was converted to transport aircraft and became a transport pilot. In 1960-61, he became a qualified flying instructor after which he was posted to Training Establishments to train not only ab-initio pilots but also cadets selected for transport flying. During his career in the Air Force as a transport pilot, he was mainly flying the Dakota aircraft. He has to his credit over 1500 hours of operational flying on Dakota. In 1963, he joined an operational unit. Within a short period of two months, he became a fully operational pilot an another type of aircraft. In 1965, when this unit acquired another type of aircraft, he was converted on this type. He has to his credit 4,800 hours of flying in twinテつュengined and multiengined aircraft and has logged so far a total of 6,401 flying hours in his short career of 14 years. Besides undertaking important operational as well as other tasks, he has trained a number of pilots in the unit to operational standard. During the 1965 operations, Squadron Leader Sonpar flew many missions.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ishwar Ramchand Sonpar displayed professional skill, initiative and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Vinod Behari Mathur 6024 F(P)Unit : ARC  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Vinod Behari Mathur was commissioned in December 1960. He was posted to an operational unit from 30th January 1967. He is the only qualified Alouette Pilot in this Centre. During his tenure of over 3 years, Squadron Leader Mathur has flown over 200 hours. In 1969-70, the unit undertook certain operations in NEFA. They involved helicopter landings at altitudes upto 11,000 feet at helipads for below the required standards. Inspite of these hazards, Squadron Leader Mathur undertook operational and support flights regularly to and from these helipads, displaying great courage and devotion to duty. But for the logistic support rendered by this pilot, many important operations would not have been feasible.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Vinod Behari Mathur 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 Roopagoonta Saroj 6317 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Roopanagunta Saroj joined the Air Force as a Radar Operator in 1943. He successfully completed the Radar Mechanics Course in 1950 and later he was selected for flying duties as a Sig/Air at the Air Force Flying College, Jodhpur. He was awarded the ground, air and allテつュround trophy as the best trainee. He has flown over 3,000 hours of which 1,800 hours were in NEFA, Nagaland and the Mizo Hills areas. During the 1962 Chinese aggression, he flew a number of missions to far-flung areas in NEFA. He has to his credit over 4,500 hours of flying as aircrew in different types of aircraft. In 1963, he joined an operational unit. He has qualified for flying duties on all types of aircraft held by the unit. Since 1965, besides his professional duties, he has been employed on important staff duties. These duties require planning and execution of operations, proper liaison and coテつュordination with various organisations.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Roopanagunta Saroj displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Ravindra Nath Bharadwaj 5001 F(P)Unit : OCU  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Ravinder Nath Bhardwaj has been serving at an Operational Training Unit for over two years. During this period, he has flown a total of 3350 hours. By his hard work and professional skill, he improved the flying skill and ground knowledge of the pilots under training. His capacity and willingness for hard work were a source of inspiration to all officers and airmen.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ravinder Nath Bhardwaj displayed professional skill, initiative and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Budho Dev Biswas 5067 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Buddho Deb Biswas was a Flight Commander in an operational transport Squadron for four years, during which he undertook numerous missions over the inhospitable terrain of NEFA, Nagaland, Mizo Hills, Bhutan and Sikkim. There he flew a total of 1,715 hours, which included 896 hours on operational sorties involving 600 landings, and 200 supply dropping missions. He has a record of 14 years of dedicated service and during this period has flown a total of 6,308 hours without accident, which include 2,424 hours of instructional flying. With thorough knowledge and exceptional professional skill, he met all emergencies with admirable results.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Buddho Dev Biswas displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Keith David Kingsley Lewis 5109 F(P)Unit : 4 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Keith David Kingsley Lewis has been a Flight Commander in a fighter squadron for over three years. He has carried out a total of over 2,100 hours of flying on jet aircraft of which nearly 450 hours fire on supersonics. He has had an accidentfree record. He has achieved a Master Green instrument rating and has also been awarded the Instrument Rating Instructor's endorsement. He has had the onerous task of training and familiarising pilots of his unit in flying in all-weather conditions. Inspired by his example, the officers and airmen under him have worked cheerfully to maintain the Squadron at a high state of operational readiness.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Keith David Kingsley Lewis displayed professional skill, leadership 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 Ranjit Singh Bedi 5120 F(P)Unit : 45 Sqn  Award Date 23 Jan 70 Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

On 23rd January 1970, Squadron Leader Ranjit Singh Bedi was leading a formation of four aircraft during a rehearsal of the Republic Day Flypast. When on the final run in, at approximately 500 ft above ground level, the port stabilator of his aircraft was hit and damaged by another aircraft in the formation, causing it to roll over on to its back. He showed remarkable presence of mind and professional skill in regaining control of his aircraft and thereby averting a serious mishap. He has been a Flight Commander in a Fighter Squadron for over three years. He has successfully converted a large number of pilots on the type of aircraft with which his Squadron is equipped.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Ranjit Singh Bedi displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Virendra Singh Pathania 5198 F(P)Unit : 18 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Virendra Singh Pathania has been flying the Gnat aircraft since January 1964. He has carried out 692 hours of flying on this type and is one of the most experienced pilots on the Gnat. His profound knowledge of the aircraft has benefited many other pilots, whom he has trained with patience and understanding. His personal qualities in the air and on the ground have been a shining example for his juniors to emulate.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Virendra Singh Pathania has displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Trevor Joseph Fernandes 5287 F(P)Unit : 26 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Trevor Joseph Fernandez has been associated with Gnat aircraft since September 1962. He has over 1,900 hours of accident-free flying experience, including more than 700 hours on the Gnat. During the IndiaPakistan conflict of 1965, he flew a number of operational sorties. He is an experienced Pilot Attack Instructor and has had great success in training pilots of his unit in gunnery. As a result of the excellent training imparted by him the aircrew trained by him secured high places in the Command Gunnery Meets.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Trevor Joseph Fernandez displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty,

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Subir Dey 5309 F(P)Unit : 21 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Subir Dey worked as a Flight Commander in a fighter Squadron from March 1968 to April 1970. He has been associated with the Gnat aircraft since 1965. During this period, he attained 365 accident-free flying hours. Of a total of 245 hours flown in his present Squadron, he has completed 164 hours in instructing trainee pilots in combat weaponry. He was given the task of training pilots who were new to the aircraft. He completed this task in the shortest possible time. The measure of his success in training has been manifest in two successive Inter-Squadron Weapon Meets, wherein the aircrew trained by him distinguished themselves.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Subir Dey displayed professional skill and devotion to duly.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Poovala Govindarajulu Srivatsalu 5383 F(P)Unit : NSS  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 71
Details :

Squadron Leader Poovala Govindarajulu Srivatsalu has flown over 5,200 hours on transport aircraft, which include over 800 hours of operational flying. He is also a flying instructor and has over 2,000 hours of instructional flying to his credit. He holds Transport Category 'A' and a Master Green instrument rating. His entire flying career has been accidentテつュfree. He has ensured high standards of training amongst his aircrew.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Poovala Govindarajulu Srivatsalu displayed professional skill and leadership.

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

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