During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Kukke Sreekantasastry Suresh was on the strength of a Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On the 5th December, 1971, he was detailed to destroy a massive enemy thrust spear headed by a tank regiment at Longewala. During this mission he destroyed two tanks and damaged a number of other tanks despite heavy ground fire. While carrying out the attack his aircraft was hit and damaged by ground fire, but he skillfully brought the damaged aircraft back to the base safely. On the 13th December 1971, while on a strike mission he engaged a Sabre aircraft and shot it down.
Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Kukke Sreekantasastry Suresh displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.