1971 Bangladesh Liberation War

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Sqn Ldr G K Arora
4864 F(N)
9 Wing
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Sqn Ldr Arora was killed at Halwara when an Unexploded bomb dropped by a B-57 the night before blew up when he was near it.
Sqn Ldr A R Samanta
5073 F(P)

37 Squadron
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Sqn Ldr Samanta was carrying out a raid on Dhaka in a Hunter (BA-252) when he was shot down by AA Fire and Killed
Flt Lt S G Khonde
8706 F(P)

37 Squadron
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Fg Off Khonde failed to return from a sortie on Dhaka in a Hunter (BA-266). He was shot down by Anti Aircraft fire.
Flt Lt Andre Rudolf Da Costa
8175 F(P)

7 Squadron
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Da Costa flew a sucessful mission against a train at Lal Munir Hat. However his Hunter (BA-295) was hit by ground fire and crashed.
Fg Offr K P Muralidharan
4406 F(P)

20 Squadron
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Fg Off Muralidharan was No.2 in a Hunter attack on Peshawar. They were intercepted by F-86 Sabre and in the ensuing fight he was shot down.
         
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Fg Offr Sudhir Tyagi
10971 F(P)

27 Squadron
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Fg Off Sudhir Tyagi was attacking Murid airfield in a Hunter (A-490). He was shot down over the target by a F-86 Sabre, just after he himself shot down one.
Fg Offr Jayant Rishi
9750 F(P)
101 Squadron
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Fg Offr Jayant Rishi was killed when his Su-7 tyre burst on takeoff at Adampur. The aircraft veered off the runway and was destroyed when the ordnance exploded.
Flt Lt Har Vinder Singh
9441 F(P)
222 Squadron
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Flt Lt H V Singh was returning after a mission from Risalawala airfield. On the return leg, his Sukhoi-7 (B-849) was bounced by a MiG-19 and shot down.
Flt Lt Pradeep Vinayak Apte
9441 F(P)
220 Squadron
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Apte was shot down by small arms fire while flying a HF-24 Marut (D-1193) over Nayachor. He was hit by bullets on ejection and was killed.
Flt Lt Illyu Moses Sasoon
7419 F(P)
Jet Bomber Conv. Unit
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Sasoon was the pilot of a Canberra (IF-913) on a night mission to Sargodha. The Canberra was shot down by a Mirage III fighter killing both crew.
         
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Flt Lt R M Advani
7812 F(N)
Jet Bomber Conv. Unit
KIA 04 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Advani was the Navigator of the Canberra (IF-913) shot down over Sargodha by a Mirage III. He was killed along with his pilot Flt Lt Sasoon.
Flt Lt S K Goswami
8956 F(P)
5 Squadron
KIA 05 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Goswami was the pilot of Canberra (IF-899) shot down on the night of 4/5 December by AA Fire. His Navigator Flt Lt S C Mahajan was also killed
Flt Lt S C Mahajan
10259 F(N)
5 Squadron
KIA 05 Dec 1971
Flt Lt S C Mahajan was the Navigator of the Canberra (IF-899) shot down by AA fire on the night of 4/5 December.
Flt Lt G S Rai
9015 F(P)

27 Squadron
KIA 05 Dec 1971
Flt Lt G S Rai led a mission to attack Sakesar Radar in W Pakistan. In this attack his Hunter (A-482) was shot down by a PAF MiG-19.
Fg Offr Kishen Lakhimal Malkani
10576 F(P)

27 Squadron
KIA 05 Dec 1971
Fg Off Sudhir Tyagi was flying in a Hunter (A-488) as No.2 to Flt Lt G S Rai. He was shot down by a PAF MiG-19 over Sakesar.
         
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Sqn Ldr Jal Maneksha Mistry
5006 F(P)

20 Squadron
KIA 05 Dec 1971
Sqn Ldr Mistry was to attack Sakesar Radar in W Pakistan. After sucessfully destroying the radar, his Hunter (A-1014) was shot down by a PAF Mirage III.
Flt Lt Vinay Vasant Tambey
7662 F(P)

32 Squadron
KIA 05 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Tambey was killed when his Sukhoi-7 (B-839) was shot down by Anti Aircraft fire over Shorkot airfield. It was his third mission against the airfield in two days.
Flt Lt S C Sandal
8659 F(P)

35 Squadron
KIA 05 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Sandal was the pilot of a Canberra (IF-923) on a night mission to Masroor airfield. The Canberra was shot down by Ground fire killing both crew.
Flt Lt K S Nanda
7819 F(N)

35 Squadron
KIA 05 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Nanda was flying as Navigator in Canberra (IF-923) attacking Masroor near Karachi. Both him and his pilot Flt Lt Sandal were shot down by Ground fire and killed.
Flt Lt Vijay Kumar Wahi
10144 F(P)

101 Squadron
KIA 06 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Wahi's Sukhoi-7 (B-868) failed to return from a mission attacking ground targets in W Pakistan. He was presumably shot down by F-86 Sabres.
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Fg Offr Man Mohan Singh
10909 F(P)

9 Squadron
KIA 07 Dec 1971
Fg Offr M M Singh was ferrying a Gnat from Amritsar to Halwara. However while on circuit over Halwara, his Gnat crashed, and he was killed.
Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh
4893 F(P)

26 Squadron
KIA 07 Dec 1971
Sqn Ldr Jiwa Singh was engaged by Pakistani MiG-19 aircraft on a mission to West Pakistan. His Su-7 (B-902) was shot down and he was killed.
Flt Lt R G Kadam
8404 F(P)

TACDE
KIA 08 Dec 1971
Flt Lt R G Kadam was flying as No.2 in a daylight raid over Risalawala airfield in Sukhoi (B-910). He was shot down by PAF MiG-19s.
Flt Lt N Shankar
9773 F(P)

32 Squadron
KIA 09 Dec 1971
While attacking targets North west of Amritsar, Flt Lt Shankar's Sukhoi-7 (B-860) was hit by ground fire. His aircraft was seen crashing behind enemy lines.
Sqn Ldr Mohinder Kumar Jain
5327 F(P)

27 Squadron
KIA 10 Dec 1971
Sqn Ldr M K Jain's ws flying a Hunter (A-938) on an interdiction mission to Chamb. He was hit by ground fire and was killed in the crash..
         
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Flt Lt Sudesh Kumar Chibber
9812 F(P)

108 Squadron
KIA 10 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Chibber was on an Interdiction mission at 0915 hours, when he was shot down by enemy ground fire over the Mandi Sadiqganj Area.
Sqn Ldr Ramesh Chandra Sachdeva
5306 F(P)

14 Squadron
KIA 10 Dec 1971
Sqn Ldr Sachdeva was flying Hunter BA-275 over Hilli region in East Pakistan when his Engine flamed out. He ejected from the aircraft but was killed.
Flt Lt R D Naithani
7192 F(P)

5 Squadron
KIA 10 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Naithani was tasked with attacking Lodharan Railway Station on the night of 10/11 Dec. His Canberra (IF-1024) was found crashed the next day in Indian territory.
Flt Lt G Theophilus
9100 F(N)

5 Squadron
KIA 10 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Theophilus was the first navigator to Flt Lt Naithani. He was killed in the Canberra during the return leg after attacking Lodharan Railway Station on the night of 10/11 Dec.
Flt Lt Manohar Purohit
10249 F(N)

5 Squadron
KIA 10 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Manohar Purohit was the second Navigator in Canberra IF-1024, which attacked the Lodharan Railway station on the night of 10/11 Dec. He was also killed in the crash.
         
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Flt Lt K L Bajaj
9540 F(P)

114 HU
KIA 11 Dec 1971
Flt Lt K L Bajaj was involved in flying Casevac sorties in the Poonch sector. He was killed when his Chetak helicopter hit overhead HT wires near Srinagar.
Flt Lt Ashok Balwant Dhavle
9030 F(P)

1 Squadron
KIA 11 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Ashok Dhavle's MiG-21 was shot down by friendly fire in a case of mistaken identity on the night of 11 Dec 71 while chasing enemy aircraft.
Flt Lt K K Mohan
8757 F(P)

26 Squadron
KIA 11 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Mohan was on a Sukhoi (B-780) Interdiction sortie in the Chamb area when he was intercepted by enemy F-86 aircraft and was shot down.
AC1 P S Sharma
606135

220 Squadron
KIA 11 Dec 1971
AC1 Sharma was killed during a PAF F-104 strafing attack on Uttarlai airfield. He was hit by a ricochet off a blastpen.
Fg Offr P K Sahu
12006 F(P)

47 Squadron
KIA 12 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Sahu was coming in to land at Palam airfield in a MiG-21 (C-603) when he undershot the runway and crashed . He was killed in the impact.
         
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Wg Cdr Harsharan Singh Gill
4657 F(P)

47 Squadron
KIA 13 Dec 1971
Wg Cdr Gill was leading a MiG-21 formation to attack Badin Radar. His aircraft (C-705) was hit by AA fire and crashed, killing him.
Sqn Ldr J D Kumar
4896 F(P)

3 Squadron
KIA 13 Dec 1971
Sqn Ldr J D Kumar was the pilot of a Mystere IVa (IA-1331) on a photorecce sortie over the Fazilka area. He was shot down by AA fire. He tried to eject but was killed.
Flt Lt Lawrence Fredrick Pereira
8678 F(P)

8 TAC Center
KIA 14 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Periera was the Forward Air Controller with our ground troops. He was directing our aircraft in midst of fighting when he was hit by a bullet and killed.
Fg Offr Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon
10877 F(P)

18 Squadron
KIA 14 Dec 1971
Fg Offr Sekhon was on ORP at Srinagar when it was attacked by six F-86 Sabres. He took off and battled with the six aircraft singlehandedly before sheer numbers overwhelmed him.
Flt Lt B R E Wilson
7671 F(P)

16 Squadron
KIA 15 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Wilson was tasked with attacking Tezgaon airfield near Dhaka on a daylight raid. His Canberra was hit by ground fire and crashed killing him and his Navigator, Flt Lt R B Mehta.
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Flt Lt R B Mehta
8110 F(N)

16 Squadron
KIA 15 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Mehta was the Navigator of the Canberra flown by Flt Lt BRE Wilson. Their aircraft was shot down by ground fire over Tezgaon airfield during a daylight attack.
NC(E) Azad Sheikh
805422

1 Wing
KIA 16 Dec 1971
Killed at Srinagar on the ground in an F-86 raid
NC(E) Salam Pary
800415

1 Wing
KIA 16 Dec 1971
Killed at Srinagar on the ground in an F-86 raid
Flt Lt T S Danadass
8160 F(P)

26 Squadron
KIA 16 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Danadass' Sukhoi-7 (B-889) was hit by ground fire while he was engaging targets at Narowal Railway Station. He died subsequently when the aircraft exploded.
Fg Offr J D'Souza
10503 F(P)

43 Squadron
KIA 17 Dec 1971
Fg Offr D'Souza was the pilot of Dakota (BJ-662) that had an accident at Mohanbari - Moriganj in the Eastern Sector and crashed. All eleven on board were killed.
         
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Fg Offr S Nandi
10503 F(P)

43 Squadron
KIA 17 Dec 1971
Fg Offr Nandi was the co-pilot of Dakota (BJ-662) that had an accident at Mohanbari - Moriganj in the Eastern Sector and crashed.
Flt Lt P S Murali
10821 MED

5 AF Hospital
KIA 17 Dec 1971
Flt Lt Murali was a medical officer travelling in Dakota (BJ-662) that had an accident at Mohanbari - Moriganj in the Eastern Sector and crashed.
Plt Offr R B Umralikar
12749 F(N)

43 Squadron
KIA 17 Dec 1971
Plt Offr Umralikar was the navigator of Dakota (BJ-662) that had an accident at Mohanbari - Moriganj in the Eastern Sector and crashed.
Flt Sgt H Thakur
400511

43 Squadron
KIA 17 Dec 1971
Flt Sgt Thakur was the Engineer onboard the Dakota (BJ-662) that had an accident at Mohanbari - Moriganj in the Eastern Sector and crashed.