Flight Lieutenant Yadlapalli Rajendra Prasad (7299) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch of the Indian Air Force in April, 1963. He has been serving as the Engineering Officer of an Operational Squadron since February, 1971. Prior to the commencement of Indo-Pak conflict in December, 1971, the squadron was assigned the task of camouflaging all aircraft by spray painting in the shortest possible time. He accepted the challenge and organised the painting programme from within the resources of the squadron. In order to accomplish the task in the shortest possible time available, he improvised a temporary camouflaging scheme and under the most trying conditions progressed the work at the rate of one aircraft per day. During the conflict, this camouflage scheme proved useful and effective. When the hostilities broke out on 3rd December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Rajendra Prasad rose to the occasion and unmindful of the personal comforts remained on duty throughout the fourteen days of the conflict, handling servicing and rectification problem of the squadron. He coordinated nearly 30 Cat 'C' repairs to maintain high availability of aircraft. In addition, he also set up servicing facilities for M.T. and specialist vehicles.
Throughout his career, Flight Lieutenant Yadlapalli Rajendra Prasad has displayed conspicuous devotion to duty and high professional skill and conspicuous devotion to duty. For this, he is awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal.