|Flt Lt||Ulrich Anthony D'Cruz 3296 GD(P)||Unit : No.7 Squadron||Award Date 01 Dec 47||Announced 26 Jan 52|
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Flt. Lt. U. A. Dâ€™Cruz while carrying out an offensive reconnaissance over the AKHNURBHIMBER area was shot down and captured by Pathan tribesmen on 1st December 1947. He remained a prisoner with the tribesmen and later with the Pakistan Army, until December, 1948 when he was returned to India under a scheme for the exchange of prisoners of war.
While a prisoner, Flt. Lt. Dâ€™Cruz was often beaten and threatened with death by his captors but neither ill-treatment nor the offer of monetary rewards could undermining his loyalty to his country or his service.
The fortitude and devotion to duty displayed by Flt. Lt. Dâ€™Cruz while a prisoner of war is in accordance with the highest traditions of his service and an example to his fellow officers and men.
|Reference:||Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Notification No. 17-Pres/52 dated 26th January, 1952|
|Flt Lt||Karan Sher Singh Kalsia 4474 GD(P)||Unit : No.7 Squadron||Award Date 19 Jan 61||Announced 10 Sep 62|
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On 19th January, 1961, while on a training flight, Flight Lieutenant Kalsia found that the engine of his aircraft had flamed out. The aircraft was heading towards Jamnagar city and had he bailed out and abandoned the aircraft, it would have crashed in the city, causing extensive damage to life and property. Realising this, Flight Lieutenant Kalsia turned his aircraft away from the populated area and in doing so lost valuable height. He then attempted a force landing as he was left with no other option and was killed in the attempt.
Flight Lieutenant Kalsia displayed courage of a very high order and gave his own life to avoid an accident which might have resulted in the loss of several other lives. His gallant action was in the highest traditions of the Air Force.
|Reference:||Gazette of India , 22nd September 1962 - No.55 - Pres/62 dated 10th September 1962|