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Group Captain Prakashnarain Jainarain Mehra

Service No & Branch 4037 GD(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Jan 1951 Course: 54 Course
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Fg Offr : 19 Jan 1952Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967Acting Gp Capt : 29 Dec 1972
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Flt Lt
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

23 Jan 1967 - 18 Sep 1968Wg CdrNo.25 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
08 Sep 1972 - 23 Sep 1973Gp Capt1 Tactical Air CenterJallandhar Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Flt LtPrakashnarain Jainarain Mehra4037 GD(P)Award Date 27 Mar 1956Announced 15 Sep 1958
Details :

On 27th March, 1956, Naga hostiles overpowered a police outpost at Sathaka. The hostiles then attempted to take Sakahi – an Assam Rifles outpost – by capturing which they would have secured a chain of bases comprising of Sakhai, Khivi, Vishyepu and Kivikhu. They succeeded in putting a ring around Sakhai outpost and cutting off its sources of water supply. Late in the afternoon, the garrison asked for an emergency airdrop of water and warned that the pilot should be careful of heavy automatic fire from Sakahi, Khivi, Vishyepu and Kivikhu. Flt. Lt. Prakashanarain Jainarain Mehra volunteered for this airdrop which had to be made in the small fenced area of the Inspection Bungalow 40 yards by 20 yards. Completely disregarding the heavy automatic fire directed against the aircraft, Flt. Lt. Mehra flew dangerously low and delivered the water. The aircraft was hit in the petrol tank and in the starboard mainplane by the hostile fire, but Flt. Lt. Mehra brought it safely back.

In carrying out this sortie successfully, Flt. Lt. Mehra displayed courage and skill. He risked his own life for reaching essential supplies to the garrison. The gallant action on the part of Flt. Lt. Mehra is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force.

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Reference : Gazette of India , 15th September 1958 - No.25 - Pres/58 dated 20th September 1958
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