|Service No & Branch||9412 GD(P)|
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|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 16 May 1965||Course: 92 Course||Entry Mode : Direct|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Flt Lt||Prakash Nath Sharma||9412 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
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During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Prakash Nath Sharma, as a pilot of a Helicopter Unit, operated from forward helipads in support of our ground forces. He flew fifty missions deep inside enemy territory carrying food, water and ammunition for our ground forces in Nayachor, Chhachor and Khinsar areas and bringing back battle casualties. Sometimes, he had to land at completely unprepared desert surface, well within the range of enemy fire. On the 11th December, 1971, while returning from a mission, he was attacked by four enemy aircraft about six miles from Nayachor. He immediately landed his helicopter between two sand dunes and ordered his crew to take cover under the thick dust raised up by the rotor. The enemy aircraft straffed the helicopter and the crew and one of the aircraft dropped a 500 lbs bomb also, but their attacks failed to find the mark. The only damage caused was that the perspex of the Helicopter got shattered and the reductor bay cowling was blown apart. Undeterred, he took off again and landed at a forward helipad and thus not only saved the helicopter but also the lives of the crew members.
Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Prakash Nath Sharma displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.
|Unit : 107 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972|