Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Squadron Leader Gopal Krishan Arora

Service No & Branch 4864 F(N) (Orig: GD(N))
Date of Birth: 15 Apr 1934 Commissioned: 16 Apr 1955 Course: 9 NAV Course
Service End: Died in Service 04 Dec 1971 (37 Years age) War Operations - Ground Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : Bomb explosion , Halwara
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Apr 1956Flt Lt : 16 Apr 1960Sqn Ldr : 16 Apr 1966
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1953
Badges Qualified
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Sqn LdrGopal Krishan Arora4864 F(N)Award Date 03 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the conflict with Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Gopal Krishan Arora was attached to a surface to Air Guided Weapons Squadron, for duties as a controller for guiding the Squadron to engage enemy aircraft. He set up the guided weapons Command Post in one day and fully interacted it with the local Air Defense system. He remained at his post throughout and efficiently guided the Squadron to engage any intruding enemy aircraft. His efforts culminated in the successful engagement of and enemy bomber aircraft while it was raiding the airfield. While still on duty he inadvertently stepped on a hidden explosive which had been dropped during an enemy raid and was killed.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Gopal Krishan Arora displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 9 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.72 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972
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