Awards for the year 1976


A total of 76 Awards are listed.
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Rajinder Nath Bakshi 2194 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jaspal Singh 2451 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jemji Hormusji Framji Maneckshaw 2690 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jafar Zaheer 3173 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Bawa Sampuran Singh Bedi 1795 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Bar to Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Lakshman Mohan Katre 3117 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Rajinder Nath Bakshi 2194 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : (Forfeited vide 9-Pres/79 dated 26 Feb 79)
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Balwant Wickram Chauhan 3352 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Vettakkorumakankav Sivarama Narayanan 3549 SIGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Jagdish Raj Bhasin 3591 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Achutha Viswanathan 3607 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Denis Anthony LaFontaine 3844 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kanumilli Suryanarayana Rao 3371 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ajit Kumar Banerji 3912 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Surendra Kumar Mehra 4197 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Manjit Singh Sekhon 6756 F(P)Unit : 131 FAC Flt  Award Date 25 Feb 75 Announced 26 Jan 76
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On the 25th February, 1975, Squadron Leader Manjit Singh Sekhon was doing night flying training in a helicopter. He was asked to carry out reconnaissance of the area West of an Airfield in Western Sector for a crashed aircraft. In spite of limited experience of night flying, he undertook this mission, carried out a search and confirmed an aircraft crash and reported its location. After refuelling, he got airborne again and located the pilot. With intelligent use of his landing light and Radio Telephony, he skillfully landed in a paddy field and rescued the first pilot and flew him back to base. He repeated the same performance and rescued the second pilot also.

In this action, Squadron Leader Manjit Singh Sekhon displayed exemplary courage, devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 29th May 1976 - No.?? - Pres/76 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Melatur Srinivasa Muthuswamy 4714 F(P)Unit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander MELATUR SRINIVAS MUTHUSWAMY has been Officer Commanding, Parachute Training School, since 24 September 1973. He has done a total of about 6400 hours of flying including 1700 operational hours. He is holding A/Master Green Category, is an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor and has been a command examiner of transport aircaft since September, 1973. During his command his unit won the Central Air Command trophy for the best category squadron for the second vear in succession. The same year, his unit carried out highest number of para descents and established an all time record. During his tenure, three courses of pilots, navigators, and flight engineers were conducted and a batch of 16 NCC Girl Cadets was also trained. Wing Commander Melatur Srinivas Muthuswamy has throughout displayed courage. professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Ram Krishna Batra 4715 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Ram Krishen Batra has been the Commanding 0fficer of a fighter Squadron with effect from 7th May 1973. Under his command, the Squadron made tremendous progress in all spheres of Squadron activities and now stands as one of the finest fighting Squadrons in the Service. This Squadron won the Mukherjee Trophy durins the Weapons Meet of 1974-75. Wing Commander Batra has flown nearly 4000 hours on Single engine and has participated in operations during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971. He has also served as a qualified flying instructor. His Competence in man-management and other fields of administration is commendable. Wing Commander Ram Krishen Batra has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Rajendra Kumar Dhawan 4736 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Rajendra Kumar Dhawan took over command of the first Squadron which was to be re-equipped with the latest type of supersonic fighter aircraft in May 1973. He solved the initial problems successfully and created a base from which the subsequent squadrons of similar type of aircraft could be formed. He has a distinguished flying record and has to his credit a total of 3885 hours on single engine aircraft of which over 650 hours are on supersonics. Wing Commander Rajendra Kumar Dhawan has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Akbar Singh Bains 4882 F(P)Unit : 2 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Akbar Singh Barns has been in command of an operational Squadron in the Western Sector since 29th Janauary, 1973. Due to his untiring efforts the Squadron won the coveted Mukherjee Trophy for the Best Squadron in the Weapons Meet during 1973-74. It also bagged the Maintenance Trophy for the year and has an excellent record of having an accident free year. Wing Commander Bains has done more than 4000 hours of single engine flying. He has also served on deputation to the UAR Air force. Wing Commander Akbar Singh Bains has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramchandran 4973 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has been in Command of an operational Squadron, since September, 1973 whose task is to convert pilots to the latest supersonic fighter aircraft. The squadron has functioned very well and has regularly completed its flying tasks. Wing Commander Ramachandran has a distinguished flying career right form the time he joined the Air Force. He secured the Nabha Trophy for standing first in Ground Subjects in the Air Force Academy and Hindustan Aeronautcs Limited Trophy for standing first in flying training at Hakimpet. He topped the class in pilot attack instructor's course in 1959. At the test pilots course in Farnborough, he was awarded the Edward's trophy for showing the best all round progress in the course. He has flown 47 types of aircraft, total flying being approximately 3050 hours. In Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, he was responsible for training Indian Air Lines pilots of HS-748 aircraft and thereafter he was associated with IAC field trials on HS-748. He also carried out proving and inaugural flights of the IAC to Visakhapatnam and Colombo. Wing Commander Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duly of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Trilochan Singh 5043 F(P)Unit : 7 Sqn  Award Date 16 Jan 75 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Trilochan Singh was detailed to carry out a night practice interception sortie on a supersonic aircraft on 16th January, 1975. While returning to base after completion of the exercise, he heard a loud bang from the intake followed by a bright flash around the aircraft. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh reacted in a most cool and calm manner and tried to analyse the occurrence. He noticed that the engine Rotation Per Minute was rapidly falling down and the engine eventually flamed out completely. He relit the engine and handling it carefully and calmly, successfully landed the aircraft at the base. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh has a distinguished record of accident free flying and has flown more than 3000 hours on jets including more than 1300 hours on supersonic aircraft. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh thus displayed courage, presence of mind. professional skill and devotion to duty of high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ravinder Kumar 5315 F(P)Unit : 47 Sqn  Award Date 02 Mar 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : On 2nd March, 1974, Squadron Leader Ravindra Kumar took off in a supersonic aircraft in a high level tactical formation. At about 6 km height at a speed of 650 Km per hour the canopy bubble of his aircraft disintegrated. The broken perspex pieces which flew into the cockpit injured him and broke his helmet visor. Some of the canopy pieces also caused damage to other parts of the aircraft. He cleared away the broken pieces of his visor and regained control over the situation. He realised that he could neither transmit nor receive on his radio. despite injuries and tremendous air blast to his person in the absence of the protective visor, he maintained full control over the aircraft, reduced the speed, descended back towards the airfield and brought the aircraft to a safe landing. In this action, Squadron Leader Ravindra Kumar displayed courage, presence of mind, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande 5694 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Apr 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : On 15th April 1974 Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande was flying as a check instructor in a formation on a supersonic aircraft. While at 6000 metres height at a speed of 850 Km per hour, the canopy perspex, shattered and flying pieces broke his helmet visor and caused, injury to his neck and right shoulder. The Radio Telephony also went dead as its lead broke off. He however managed to connect it and tried to transmit the nature of emergency, but owing to very high noise level he could not receive any reply. As there was no protection for his eyes from the heavy air blast, his vision was blurred. He reduced, speed and managed to align the aircraft with the runway, land safety and saved a valuable aircraft. In this action. Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande displayed great courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Kenneth Rodney Dutton 5873 F(P)Unit : 107 HU  Award Date 15 Feb 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Kenneth Rodney Dutton has been commanding a helicopter unit since 15th February 1974, which has a dual operational and type conversion role. He has been largely responsible for the evolution of safe operating procedures for helicopters in desert terrain and is currently well well advanced in trials for special opcrations by night. He has 4750 accident free flying hours to his credit. On 24th February. 1975, while demonstrating turns in a hover, the tail rotor-cable of his helicopter snapped. It resulted in complete loss of directional control at a very crucial stage of flight. In this grave situation Squadron Leader Dutton acted with remarkable speed and presence of mind by using engine torque to counter the vicious yaw and landed the aircraft safely thus averting a very serious accident. In this action, Squadron Leader Kenneth Rodney Dutton displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Shashikant Bhise 5924 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Shashikant Bhise is serving as the Navigation Leader in one of the heavy transport squadron since December, 1973. In addition to training and normal flying, he has commendably contributed towards systemising and standardising operational techniques for all the roles of the Squadron. Squadron Leader Bhise has a total of 5060 hours of instructional as well as operational flying. He holds the highest transport flying category on six types of aircraft and holds the highest instructional category. Squadron Leader Shashikant Bhise has throughout displayed professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Suresh Kumar Misra 6407 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Suresh Kumar Misra has been serving as an Avionics Test Engineer since 21st June, 1973. His contribution to the development evaluation and selection of new avionica equipment for the Air Force has been invaluable. He has so far flown a total of 929 hours on 16 types of aircraft. Squadron Leader Suresh Kumar Misra has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Philip Rajkumar 6748 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Philip Rajkumar has been serving as a Test pilot since 16th July 1972. He has performed his task with great enthusiasm and determination from the very beginning without caring for his personal comfort and convenience. He was able to successfully organise, conduct and participate in a wide variety of trials on different types of aircraft including basic trainers, transport aircrafts bombers and supersonic fighters. He has so far flown 2428 hours on 43 types of aircraft. Squadron Leader Philip Rajkumar has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Manbir Singh 6771 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 06 Mar 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Manbir Singh [VrC], who was posted to a Base Repair Depot on 25th March, 1974, for Test flying duties has completed over one thousand hours of accident free flying on supersonic aircraft. On 6th March, 1975, while on final approach for landing in a supersonic aircraft after flight test sortie, his aircraft was struck by a bird on the front wind shield. He was momentarily blinded by the flying splinters hitting his face and visor. He quickly brought the aircraft under control and made a safe landing under very hazardous and difficult visibility conditions and saved the aircraft from further damage. In this action. Squadron Leader Manbir Singh display courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Cavas Kekashroo Panthaky 6890 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Cavas Kekhasroo Panthalty was placed in charge of a helicopter detachment for Flood Relief Operations in Patna area. He himself flew 60 sorties involving 2x hours of flying in a short period of 5 days and air dropped 16 tonnes of food supplies over the marooned houses. He inspired the other pilots by his personal example and this kept the much needed vital supply operations going. In these operations, Squadron Leader Cavas Kekhasroo Panthaky displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Kumarendra De 7415 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Kumarendra De has been the Flight Commander of an operational Squadron since 2nd April 1974. His Squadron has achieved the rare accident free record for the entire year 1974. He participated in Indo-Pak Conflicts in 1965 and 1971. He has now been flying supersonic for almost six years. Squadron Leader Kumarendra De has throughout displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Owen Joseph D'Sena 7430 F(P)Unit : TACDE  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Owen Joseph D'Sena has been a member of an important operational unit since December, 1971. He is today one of the top fighter pilots on new aircraft and is an invaluable fighter combat instructor. He has been assigned with special and strenuous tasks of combat flying and xxx hours of mission analysis during the last three years and he ensured the successful and timely completion of the special flight trials and tasks entrusted to him. Squadron Leader Owen Joseph D'Sena has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Dinesh Chandra Bhargava 7851 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Bhargava has been serving as an Examiner for flight Engineers since April, 1969. Out of his total 2700 accident free hours, he has flown 1900 hours on examination duties. He has processed and evaluated various techniques for safe and proficient aircraft handling. Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Bhargava has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Chittatore Doraiswami Chandrasekhar 8426 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Chittatoor Doraiswamy Chandrasekhar was commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 18th April, 1964 and has been with an operational fighter squadron, since July, 1973. He has flown a total of over 2950 hours on fighter/trainer aircraft. His flying experience on supersonic aircraft amounts to approximately XXX hours. By his enthusiasm, keenness and methodical approach, He has contributed significantly in attaining and maintaining high standards of training in the Squadron. Squadron Leader Chittatoor Doraiswami Chandrasekhar has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Arun Devap Nayak 8946 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 09 Nov 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Arun Devap Nayak was authorised to carry out an instructional sortie with a pupil officer on 9th November 1974 in a trainer aircraft. At about 6300 ft above mean sea level, severe vibrations were felt. Flight Lieutenant Nayak immediately took over controls. He throttled back the engine and put the aircraft into a glide. At that instant the propellor flew off. During the process of gliding he reassessed the situation and taking into consideration the strong head winds realised that he would not be able to make the runway. He selected a field near the airfield and carried out a smooth and normal landing, without any further damage to the aircraft or injury to its occupants. It was due to his skillful approach in such a potentially dangerous situation that he was able to prevent a major mishap. In this action, Flight Lieutenant Arun Devap Nayak displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Ramashankar Lal Mehta 9614 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Ramshankar Lal Mehta was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in 1947 in the trade of Fitter Airframe. His exceptional ability and dedicated hard work carried recognition and he was commissioned in the Technical Branch in 1963. For the last eight years he has worked on supersonic aircraft. During the Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971 he maintained high standard of Squadron serviceability. He was able to pinpoint snags and rectify them in the shortest possible time, thereby keeping the aircraft flying and making considerable savings on spares. Flight Lieutenant Ramshankar Lal Mehta has throughout displayed professional competence, technical skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Harmandar Singh 9832 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 11 Sep 72 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Harmandar Singh has flown a total of 1000 hours in forward areas in less than three years. He has flown 2743 hours on helicopter aircraft without a single accident, mostly in difficult hilly terrain. On 11th September 1972. information was received that a Bell helicopter belonging to Indian Oil Corporation had crashed. Flight Lieutenant Harmandar Singh took off, in marginal weather conditions to locate and rescue the survivors. He located the crashed aircraft and rescued the lone survivor. Again on 20th August, ,1973 a helicopter of the unit had force landed near Bharatpur while on a casualty evacuation mission, On receipt of information he took off in adverse weather conditions and at great personal risk evacuated the casualty and saved his life. Flight Lieutenant Harmander Singh thus displayed great courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Sukhmandar Singh Sidhu 10117 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Sukhmander Singh Sidhu of a Helicopter Unit carried out 94 sorties involving 43 hours of flying from dawn to dusk during the five days of Flood Relief Operations in Patna area. He successfullv air dropped 25 tonnes of relief supplies during that short time over the marooned houses and thus saved many valuable lives. Prior to this he had carried out 21 hours of flying during the flood relief operations in Orissa. During these relief operations, Flight Lieutenant Sukmander Singh Sidhu displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Raghbir Singh Cheema 10926 F(N)Unit : 106 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Raghbir Singh Cheema was posted to a Bomber Squadron in December, 1972. He has flown over 1350 hours. Most of the flying was undertaken from far flung bases and over difficult terrain. Within a period of three months in 1974. he covered most of the year's allotted task of the Squadron by putting in long hours of flying. Flight Lieutenant Raghbir Singh Cheema has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Maj Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan IAUnit : Army  Award Date 20 Oct 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Major Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan was Officer Commanding of an Air Observation Post Flight from September, 1973 to October, 1974 when the Flight was being re-equipped with a new type of aircraft. Despite the pressures of instructional flying, involved in converting a number of pilots. he set an outstanding example of professionalism by upgrading his helicopter category /instructor rating from C/White to A/Master Green. He was detailed to undertake a communication-cum-reconnaissance sortie on 20th October 1974 when his aircraft suffered an engine failure, immediately after take off at a height of 300 feet above around level. He handled the aircraft skillfully but was killed in the subsequent forced landing. Major Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Harbhajan Singh 13598 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Master Warrant Officer Harbhajan Singh has been serving with an operational transport Squadron since March, 1972. He has to his credit a total of 8623 hours of which 3342 hours have been on operational sorties on various types of transport aircraft. During Indo-Pak conflict of 1971, he took part in operations both in Western and the Eastern Sectors and also in Para Drop Operation. Despite his advancing age of 52 years he has withstood the strains of transport flying in the hills cheerfully and with determination. Master Warrant Officer Harbhajan Singh had throughout displayed diligence, professional competence and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Sisir Kumar Chatterjee 19165 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Master Warrant Officer Sisir Kumar Chatterjee qualified as an Air Signaller in 1953. He has flown a total of 7444 hours of which 1517 hours were on operations. His professional competence is of the highest order and he has been holding 'A' category since 1956. He has been on deputation to a Defence Organisation since 1966 where he has taken an active role in the Research programmes and has displayed very high professional skill and devotion to duty. He has always volunteered for additional missions and extra commitments which has been an inspiration to his colleagues. Master Warrant Officer Sisir Kumar Chatterjee has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sgt Sudharshan Lal Datta 400396 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Serseant Sudarahan Lall Datta was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in December 1950. During his carreer, he has served on various types of aircraft mostly in operations squadrons. In May 1972, he was detailed to work as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer-in-charge, Central Repair and Servicing Section. From October 1973 he was detailed a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge Daily Service Section for undertaking the 25 hours scheduled servicing in addition to other operational commitments. During November, 1973 a verv large number of aircraft were required to meet the commitment of an exercise. He worked day and night with his men and met the commitment successfully. The Squadron went on an extraordinary detachment during March, 1974 for a period of about a month. During this detachment also Flight Sergeant Datta maintained a very high service ability record. Above all. he kept all the specialist vehicles in good running condition. Flight Sergeant Sudarshan Lall Datta has throughout displayed professional skill, organising ability, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Bakshi 5012 F(P)Unit : 10 Sqn  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 76
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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 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Narayan Waman Tilak 4411 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Yubraj Singh Pal 3703 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Shalgram Parhee 4146 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Parduman Krishan Puri 4397 GD(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ashok Sarkar 4463 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Hardip Singh Goraya 4808 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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