Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Flight Lieutenant Andre Rudolph Da Costa

Service No & Branch 8175 F(P)
Date of Birth: 15 Nov 1942 Commissioned: 31 Dec 1963 Course: 86 Course
Service End: Died in Service 04 Dec 1971 (29 Years age) Aircraft Loss Hunter F56 at . SD AAA at
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtAndre Rudolph Da Costa8175 F(P)Award Date 04 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

On the 4th December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Andre Rudolph Da Costa flew as Number Two on offensive recce sorties in Lal Munirhat, Rangpur Sector. After successfully strafing the Army targets, the pair attacked a goods train south of Lal Munirhat bridge and both the aircraft ejected close to the base. Flight Lieutenant Da Costa was also hit and although he tried to bring his aircraft back, he fell unconscious and his aircraft crashed short as a result of which he died.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Andre Rudolph Da Costa displayed gallantry of a high order.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.79 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
04 Dec 1971Hunter F56BA-295Flt Lt Andre Rudolph Da Costa +
7 SqnSD AAA at Lal Munir
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