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Flight Lieutenant Gurdev Singh Rai

Service No & Branch 9015 F(P)
Date of Birth: 11 Feb 1945 Commissioned: 25 Dec 1964 Course: 91 Course
Service End: Died in Service 05 Dec 1971 (26 Years age) Aircraft Loss Hunter F56a at . SD F-6 (
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vir Chakra
Flt LtGurdev Singh Rai9015 F(P)Award Date 05 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Gurdev Singh Rai was serving with a Fighter-Bomber Squadron in the Western Sector. On the 4th December, 1971, he was detailed to carry out a strike mission on a Sakesar Signals Unit Complex. He carried out the mission successfully, causing extensive damage to the installations and aerials of the unit, despite strong air and ground opposition. On the 5th December 1971, he was detailed as leader of a strike mission to the same target. He exhibited conspicuous courage and determination in the face of strong enemy opposition and succeeded in damaging the Radar Unit to the extent that it went off the air completely thereafter. But unfortunately, he could not be contacted thereafter.

Throughout this operation, Flight Lieutenant Gurdev Singh Rai displayed gallantry and leadership of a high order.

Unit : 27 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 11th May 1974 - No.74 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
05 Dec 1971Hunter F56aA-482Flt Lt Gurdev Singh Rai +
27 SqnSD F-6 (W/C S Hatmi)
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