Awards for the year 1972


A total of 633 Awards are listed.
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Param Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon 10877 F(P)Unit : 18 Sqn  Award Date 14 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : FLYING OFFICER Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon was a pilot of a Gnat detachment based at Srinagar for the air defence of the valley against Pakistani air attacks. In accordance with the international agreement dating back to 1948, no air defence aircraft were based at Sirinagar, until the outbreak of hosti- lities with Pakistan. Flying Officer Sekhon was, therefore, unfamiliar with the terrain and was not acclimatised to the altitude of Srinagar, especially with the bitter cold and biting winds of the Kashmir winter. Nevertheless, from the outset of the war, he and his colleagues fought successive waves of intruding Pakistani aircraft with valour and determination, maintaining the high reputation of the Gnat aircraft. On 14th December 1971, Srinagar Airfield was attached by a wave of six enemy Sabre aircraft. Flying Officer Sekhon was on readiness duty at the time. However, he could not take off at once because of the clouds of dust raised by another aircraft which had just taken off. By the time the runway was fit for take-off, no fewer than six enemy aircraft were overhead, and strafing of the airfield was in progress. Nevertheless, inspite of the mortal danger of attempting to take off during an attack, and inspite of the odds against him. Flying Officer Sekhon took off and immediately engaged a pair of the attacking Sabres. In the fight that followed, at tree top height, he all but held his own, but was eventually overcome by sheer weight of numbers. His aircraft crashed and he was killed. In thus, sacrificing himself for the defience of Srinagar, Flying Officer Sekhon achieved his object, for the enemy aircraft fled from the scene of the battle without pressing home their attack against the town and the airfield. The sublime heroism, supreme gallantry, filying skill and determination, above and beyond th call of duty, displayed by Flying Officer Sekhon in the face of certain death, set new heights to Air Force traditions.
Reference: Gazette of India , 29th January 1972 - No.7 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Padma Vibhushan
Air Chief Marsh Pratap Chandra Lal 1567 F(P)Unit : Air HQ  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Padma Bhushan
Air Marshal Minoo Merwan Engineer 1614 F(P)Unit : WAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Padma Bhushan
Air Marshal Hari Chand Dewan 1598 F(P)Unit : EAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Hirendra Nath Chatterjee 1620 F(P)Unit : Air HQ  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR MARSHAL HIRENDRA NATH CHATTERJEE, DFC, (1620) F(P) [DyCAS Air HQ] Since March 1971 Air Marshal Hirendra Nath Chatterjee was responsible for the operational training and readiness of the Air Force as a whole. He played a leading part in planning and co-ordinating the activities of the three Operational Commands during the recent war with Pakistan. Throughout his career, Air Marshal Chatterjee brought to his duties a sound knowledge of military aviation in all its aspects, and the ability to tackle the most difficult tasks in a quiet and methodical manner. Through the many important posts that he held, he did much for the development and strengthening of the Indian Air Force, leading up to its success in the recent Indo-Pak conflict. He rendered service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Maurice Barker 1691 F(P)Unit : CAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL MAURICE BARKER (1691) F (P) : During the recent Indo-Pakistan war, Air Vice Marshal Barker's Command [Central Air Command] was responsible for all bomber, transport and maritime operations. Despite having been in the Command for a relatively short period of time. Air Vice Marshal Barker was able to organise his forces and control them most effectively. Under his guidance) the bomber force kept up a continuous series of attacks by night on strategic targets deep in enemy territory, both in East and West Pakistan. Later, with the neutralisation of the Pakistan Air Force in the East) his bombers played an important role in supporting our land forces by day in that area. The bombers were also used to very good effect against targets in support of the Army along the Western border. On the transport side, Air Vice Marshal Barker collaborated with Eastern Air Command to enable the latter to launch a very successful airborne operation in East Pakistan. The speed and efficiency with which the operation was mounted, and the good results achieved by it, testify to the high quality of planning and staff work that was put into it by Air Vice Marshal Barker and his staff. Likewise, valuable air support was given by the units under his control to the Navy in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. In. undertaking the numerous and vital tasks of his Command, Air Vice Marshal Barker displayed a ready understanding of operational plans and problems, and organising ability and determination in dealing with them. His tact and personal leadership contributed much to the success of his Command's operations. He rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Satya Pal Sahi 1601 ADMUnit : Air HQ  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL SATYA PAL SHAHI, (1601) ADM : Prior to, and during the December, 1971 conflict with Pakistan, Air Vice Marshal Satya Pal Shahi had to bear very heavy administrative responsibilities, which he had discharged most successfully. Operational plans required the setting up of additional facilities at a number of forward airfields, and there was a requirement for large increases in manpower at all operational stations. His judicious allocation of the additional manpower, made available to his Command, ensured that all operational units had the personnel they needed to fulfil their tasks. He also took steps to ensure that the organisational set up by Air Headquarters for emergency repairs of airfields would function smoothly at all the Wings within the Command. In the event, his efforts enabled airfields damaged by enemy action during night raids to be made fit for use by surprise the following morning. The close liaison he esta- blished with State Governments to ensure unbroken power supply to operational bases, and augmentation as security arrangements proved most effective. During the hostilities, he personally visited every forward airfield and outlying unit to ensure the smooth running of the administrative machinery parallel with the conduct of operations. This effort on his part had a significant effect on the morale of personnel and their families. In sum, the administrative arrangements for which he worked so hard and efficiently had a direct contributory effect on the success of air operations. With his high professional competence, dedication to duty, zeal and enthusiasm, Air Vice Marshal Shahi rendered distinguished service of a most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Charan Das Guru Devasher 1867 F(P)Unit : EAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL CHARANDAS GURUDAS DEVASHER, (1867) F (P) : Air Vice Marshal Devasher took over his appointment [SASO, EAC HQ] at a time when the Command itself was undergoing a process of reorganisation and the relations with Pakistan were becoming strained. He was responsible for reformulating the Command's war plans, making them bold in concept, yet simple to execute. These plans were put into action on the morning of 4th, December 1971 when our Armed Force went into action to liberate Bangia Desh. So effective were the plans that, within a few hours, the Indian Air Force had achieved total supremacy in the skies of Bangia Desh. During the period of the war in Bangia Desh) from 4th to 16th December, 1971, he controlled and co-ordinated all air activity in that sector, including para, transport and helicopter operations. The success of these opera- tions owed much to his aggressive spirit, knowledge of the use of air .power and ability to change tactics to suit the situation. On the night of 11th December, 1971, on receipt of an intercepted enemy message, he concluded that the Pakistanis had been able to build an emergency air strip in the neighbourhood of Dacca, and would attempt to land transport aircraft on it. Accordingly, he ordered night patrols by fighter aircraft over Dacca. As deduced by him, an emergency air strip was spotted at Narsingdi and put out of action, thus preventing the clandestine entry and exit of war material and personnel from Bangia Desh by air. Through- out his career in the Air Force, and especially during the recent war with Pakistan, Air Vice Marshal Devasher rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Deviah Subia 1866 F(P)Unit : WAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR VICE MARSHAL DEVIAH SUBIA, Vr. C: Air Vice Marshal Subia took over his appointment [SASO, WAC HQ] only a few months prior to the outbreak of hostilities. He made a thorough study of the requirements of air operations in the Western Sector, paying full attention to the minutest detail of each aspect of air operations. He personally studied and analysed all operational procedure and ensured that there was no ambiguity in these instructions and that they were fully understood by all concerned. He worked for long hours to ensure that Squadrons/ Units were deployed as planned with maximum economy of effort and minimum inconvenience to the personnel involved. He planned the moves in such a manner that at all stages the Squadrons retained their full operational capability to counter- act any pre-emptive strike by the enemy. He displayed remarkable organising ability in establishing within a very short period, a chain of observation posts around our forward airfields for reporting low flying aircraft. Throughout the period of hostilities, he carefully co-ordinated all aspects of operations, especially the strike missions at night. These operations involved strike forces from another Command. It was primarily due to his careful planning and foresight that all missions were successfully completed without any mishaps. His cheerful disposition and self- confidence were inspiration to his staff at the Headquarters and to Commanders in the field. Through out his career, in peace and in war, Air Vice Marshal Subia rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Randhir Singh 2135 F(P)Unit : AFS Adampur  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR COMMODORE RANDHIR SINGH, AVSM, VR C. (2135) F (P): During the recent Indo-Pak hostilities Air Commodore Randhir Singh was in command of a forward base [Adampur] in the Western Sector. He planned the defence of his base so meticulously that the enemy's Air Force was unable to attack it in any manner. As the operations progressed, he, not only frustrated the enemy's evil designs by capturing some of the agents, but was able to organise the support- ing services on the base so well that all through the operations the squadrons could provide the desired number of close support and offensive sorties with utmost effectiveness inspite of the stiff enemy opposition. His untiring zeal and outstanding leadership was an example to all personnel during the difficult days of the conflict. His overall contribution towards the air operations in the Western Sector was most commendable. He rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde John Francis Lazaro 2944 F(P)Unit : WAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AIR COMMODORE JOHN FRANCIS LAZARO, VM (2944) F (P) :[AOC Adv HQ, WAC] In December 1971, at the time of-the Indo-Pak conflict, Air Commodore Lazaro was primarily responsible for joint planning and execution of army-air operations in the Western Sector. Under his able leadership, air operations in aid of the army achieved a new dimension. Close air support was given most effectively and the enemy's lines of communications were perpetually disrupted, isolating his forward troops. Enemy ammunition and fuel dumps were also blown up successfully, and many of his Headquarters locations destroyed. All this was done with speed and determination, despite intense enemy opposition. The officer displayed superior leadership and carried out planning of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Malcolm Shirley Dundas Wollen 3641 F(P)Unit : AFS Gauhati  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN MALCOLM SHIRLEY DUNDAS WOLLEN, VM (3641) F(P) : Group Captain Wollen, was the Commanding Officer of a major Air Force base [Gauhati] in Assam. On the outbreak of hostilities with Pakistan in Dec. 1971, he was placed in operational control of two MiG-21 Squadrons at a forward airfield. The task of these Squadrons was to neutralise the Pakistani Air Force in Bangia Desh and to give close support to the Army in that area. From time to time, certain special tasks were also ordered. The sum of all these tasks was very large in relation to the forces under his control. It was a measure of his organisational ability and leadership that every one of the objectives was fulfilled. The special tasks given to him included such missions as the destruction of certain selected buildings occupied by the West Pakistani forces and their Governor in Dacca city, the elimination of radio transmitting stations and the day and night bombing of certain air-fields in enemy hands. Group Captain Wollen planned, organised and conducted these operations personally, and himself gave the briefings on the tactics which the aircraft were to adopt. There was never any occasion, by day or by night, when there was any hesitation in immediately getting down to the execution of tasks given to him. The success of these operations contributed directly to the neutralisation of Pakistani air strength in Bangla Desh) support of our own surface forces, and the eventual surrender of the Pakistani forces in that Sector. With his brilliant leadership, organisational ability, ini- tiative and zeal, and the devotion to duty manifest in his outstanding career, Group Captain Wollen rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Peter Maynard Wilson 3590 F(P)Unit : AFS Jamnagar  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : GROUP CAPTAIN PETER MAYNARD WILSON, Vr. C. (3590) F (P) : Group Captain Wilson was in Command of an Armament Training Wing [Jamnagar]. He organised the station so that, on the outbreak of the 1971 hostilities, the Wing was immediately transferred into a major operational base. The location of this base was such that its aircraft could strike deep into enemy country. For this reason, the Pakistani Air Force was quick to mount raids against the base. Due to the deception plans laid by Group Captain Wilson, the enemy bombed non-existent targets, and caused hardly any damage to the base itself, which remained fully operational throughout the war. His air defence measures resulted in the shooting down of an F-104 aircraft during a daylight raid that the enemy made on the base. With the support provided by the base, fighter aircraft stationed there were able to launch strikes against targets deep in enemy territory, inflicting severe damage and depleting his ability to wage war against India. These raids were conceived and planned by Group Captain Wilson, with such success that, despite the presence of enemy fighter and anti-aircraft defence, they were carried out without loses to our own forces. Inspite of the exposed location of the base, throughout the war, Group Captain Wilson maintained a calm and collected demeanour, which percolated throughout the Station, inspiring aircrew and ground personnel alike to great efforts and achievements. In his outstanding career, with his leadership, drive, determination and implacable will. Group Captain. Wilson rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.
Reference: Indian Armed Forces Year Book 1972 

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 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Dadi Ardeshir Mehta 1625 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Bandi Sreeramulu Krishnarao 1727 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Amolak Singh Rikhy 2024 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Chandrashekhar Rao Kurpad 2414 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Mondan Bhaskaran 2761 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Cecil Vivian Parker 4346 F(P)Unit : 20 Sqn  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Wing Commander Parker. the Officer Commanding to a fighter bomber squadron [No.20 Squadron, Hunters] led many deep penetration missions into enemy held territory attacking strongly defended targets. While returning from one such mission, his formation was attacked by enemy Sabre aircraft In the ensuing tight. Wing Commander Parker shot down one Sabre and heavily damaged another. In another mission, he attacked the enemy oil refinery at Attock, in the face of the most intense anti-aircraft and small arms tire. seriously damaging the refinery. In all his missions, the actions of Wing Commander Parker have been marked by great courage and determination, and he has been a shining example to the other pilots under his command. His leadership both in peace and war has been outstanding. He has displayed devotion to duty, bravery in the face of heavy enemy opposition and courage in leading many missions day after day.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Ravinder Nath Bharadwaj 5001 F(P)Unit : 20 Sqn  Award Date 05 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Squadron Leader Bhardwaj, a senior pilot in a fighter-bomber squadron [No.20 Squadron, Hunters] , has led a number of operational missions against a variety of enemy targets. On December 5, 1971, he led a raid on an enemy airfield. Although the target was heavily defended by anti-aircraft and small arms fire, he pressed home the attack. He himself set fire to an enemy heavy transport aircraft in one of his attacks, and eventually led his mission safely back to base. On December 7, 1971 , he led another mission this time to heavily defended power station. Here too, his mission succeeded in causing heavy damage, without any loss to our aircraft. On December 10, 1971, he led a close support mission to the Chhamb area. During the first attack, his aircraft as well as that of his number two were hit by ground fire, and as they pulled out of the attacks they were engaged by enemy Sabres. He guided his number two out of danger, and then returned to the fray shooting down a Sabre which crashed inside our lines near the Chhamb bridge. By this time he was alone, but he returned to the attack, against Pakistani tanks and troops, and caused extensive damage to these targets before nursing his damaged aircraft back to base, where he landed safely. He has displayed exceptional gallantry, leadership and bravery in the face of heavy odds, which are in the highest traditions of the Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Padmanabha Gautam 4482 F(P)Unit : 16 Sqn  Award Date 05 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Wing Commander Padmanabha Gautam, MVC; VM, Commanding Officer of a bomber squadron [No.16 Squadron, Canberras] led many missions deep into enemy territory. Notable among these are two raids on the night of December 5th and 7th, 1971,when he led attacks on Mianwali airfield. On both these occasions he and his formation were met with intense anti-aircraft fire. Despite that, the target was attacked with great precision, at low level, and heavy damage was inflicted. On other missions, Wg Cdr Gautam carried out rocket and four gun attacks on railway marshalling yards in the Montgomery-Raiwind area with conspicuous success. Through out the period of operations, Wg Cdr Gautam displayed an ability for cool and clear planning, along with unflinching courage, exemplar flying skill and leadership of the highest order in carrying out many hazardous missions. His conduct has been in the finest tradition of the Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.22 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Man Mohan Bir Singh Talwar 4573 F(P)Unit : 5 Sqn  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 

Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Allan Albert D'Costa 4580 F(P)Unit : 222 Sqn  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Wing Commander A.A.D'Costa, the Commanding Officer of a Fighter-Bomber squadron [No.222 Squadron, Sukhoi-7], had brought his squadron up to the highest pitch of operational preparedness. His foresight and leadership paid excellent dividends during the war, as he and the Squadron achieved outstanding results. During the war, the officer led no fewer than 15 missions deep into enemy territory against heavily defended targets, thus setting a fine example to his pilots. On December 4,1971 he was the first to strike at the enemy's Risalwala airfield. On the same day he followed up by attacking Chander airfield. On the next day, he led a mission to Chistian Mandi, where he personally accounted for three enemy tanks, as confirmed by films brought back by him. On December 6 he led an attack on a concentration of tanks at Dera Baba Nanak, in the face of the most intense anti-aircraft fire. Although his No. 2 was shot down by this ground fire. he pressed home the attack, with utter disregard for his own safety, destroying a number of tanks and damaging others. On December 7 he carried out a low level photographic reconnaissance mission, in the Sulemanki area and followed this up by leading an attack on the same day, on the railway station at Norowal, where he personally destroyed and damaged many railway wagons, as well as some installations. From December 8 to 12 he flew a number of unescorted reconnaissance missions, bringing back a large volume of intelligence based on which air and ground operations were conducted. Thereafter, up to the end of the fighting, he led missions mainly against railway targets, including the marshalling yards at Raiwind, the Kasur-Lahore railway tracks, destroying a large number of wagons and causing devastation at each target. His constant example of bravery, determination and skill were an inspiration to the pilots of his squadron.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Swaroop Krishna Kaul 4721 F(P)Unit : 37 Sqn  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : At the outbreak of hostilities, Wing Commander S K Kaul, the Commanding Officer of a Fighter Bomber Squadron [No.37 Squadron, Hunters], volunteered for an urgent task to photograph certain areas in Bangla Desh. These photographs were badly needed in order to finalise our Army’s assault plans. The officer carried out four missions deep into enemy territories ot cover the heavily defended sectors of Comila, Sylhet and Saidapur. At times, he had to fly as low as 200 feet over the most heavily defended enemy locations. Undaunted, he flew through these barrages, making repeated runs in each of his missions and successfully completed the task. On 4th December 1971, he again volunteered for another task to photograph the Tezgaon and Kurmitola airfields. His reconnaissance flights over these two airfields, in the face of the most sustained and heavy enemy ground fire stood out as acts of heroism, extreme gallantry and devotion to duty. In addition to his reconnaissance exploits, he led the very first eight aircraft strike mission over Dacca. In this raid, his formation encountered four enemy aircraft near the target area. With exemplary leadership, he manoeuvred his forces in such a manner that two of the enemy aircraft could be shot down and the other two fled. The target thus became clear for attack. Throughout the period of operations, Wing Commander Kaul led his squadron boldly, with tenacity and personally displayed courage of an exceptionally high order in the face of the enemy
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Gp Capt Chandan Singh 3460 F(P)Unit : 10 Wing  Award Date 07 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Group Captain Chandan Singh, AVSM. VRC is the officer commanding of an Air Force Station in the East [Air Force Station, Jorhat]. During the war with Pakistan, he was in the forefront of the air operations conducted for the liberation of Bangla Desh. Group Captain Chandan Singh was also responsible for the planning and execution of the special helicopter operations to airlift two companies of troops of the Sylhet area. When it became necessary to overcome the obstacles in the advance of the army towards Dacca, he planned and executed the move of nearly 3,000 troops and 40 tons of equipment and heavy guns with the extremely limited helicopter force at his disposal. This operation entailed landing the troops and equipment near heavily defended areas by night. Prior to each mission he personally carried out reconnaissance in the face of heavy enemy fire. On the night of December 7/8 he flew eight missions, deep into enemy territory to supervise the progress of the helicopter airlift and to guide and inspire his pilots who were facing heavy opposition from ground tire. Later he undertook a further 18 missions in the same operation, always leading the landings at new places. On many occasions his helicopter was hit by ground fire, but this did not deter him from further missions. The success of this major airborne operation contributed significantly to the fall of Dacca and the capitulation of tie Pakistan armed forces, in Bangla Desh. The leadership, drive and determination coupled with the bravery shown by Group Captain Chandan Singh over an extended .period of time, are in the highest traditions of the Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Kuldip Kumar Sharma 7584 METUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 17 May 70 Announced 26 Jan 72
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On the 17th May 1970, at one of the forward airfields, a major grass fire broke out covering a large area around the Bomb Dump. Flight Lieutenant Kuldeep Kumar Sharma was the first officer to arrive at the spot and to lead the fire crew trying to control it. With the help from the small fire crew, he bravely fought the fire till more men arrived. Due to wind, the grass inside the Bomb Dump, the empty crates and the tarpaulins covering the High Explosive Bombs caught fire. Undeterred he kept on fighting the fire even when some stores began exploding.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Kuldeep Kumar Sharma displayed conspicuous gallantry and determination of a very high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , ??th August 1972 - No.93 - Pres/72 dated 26th January 1972 

Kirti Chakra
Flt Sgt Moj Prakash Puri 34629 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 17 May 70 Announced 26 Jan 72
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On 17th May 1970, a major grass fire broke out at a forward Air Force base covering a very large area around the Mechanical Transport Section and the Bomb Dump. Due to wind the fire spread into the Bomb Dump and the tarpaulins covering high explosive bombs and the grass around the building caught fire. Flight Sergeant MOJ Parkash Puri, as Senior Non commissioned Officer-in-Charge of the fire Section, gave an excellent account of himself and guided the fire crew throughout the fire fighting operations, in a cool and systematic manner. Regardless of his personal safety, he remained on the spot even when some of the stores began to explode.

In this action, Flight Sergeant MOJ Parkash Puri displayed conspicuous gallantry, determination and devotion to duty of a very high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , ??th August 1972 - No.93 - Pres/72 dated 26th January 1972 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Gian Dev Sharma 1742 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Bawa Sampuram Singh Bedi 1795 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Arjun Singh M Bhawnani 1868 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Solomon Purushottam 1928 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Harcharan Singh Bakshi 2083 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Gorindra Kumar Singha 2361 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kanwar Singh 2781 F(P)Unit : WAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : AOC, Rajasthan Area.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Trilochan Singh Brar 2884 F(P)Unit : WAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Air I, Air Ops, WAC HQ
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde John Jasper Bouche 2938 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Surinder Singh 3009 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Krishna Mohan Ram 3101 F(P)Unit : EAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Air I, Air Ops, EAC HQ
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Jafar Zaheer 3173 F(P)Unit : AFS Agra  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Chandrakant Shridhar Naik 3499 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Amrit Lal Saigal 3608 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Surinder Singh 3009 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vivek Yeshvant Nehru 3488 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kenneth Hubert Larkins 3511 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Karan Dev Singh 2808 EDNUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Dukka Venkata Jagan Mohan Rao 5231 DENTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gurdial Singh Punia 2134 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Audrey Leslie Michael 3416 F(P)Unit : WAC  Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Dte of Offensive Ops, Adv HQ
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ramesh Chandra Jain 3546 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 72 Announced 26 Jan 72
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