Maha Vir Chakra Awardee List for the 20 Sqn


A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Maha Vir Chakra : 2 |
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Cecil Vivian Parker 4346 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Wing Commander Parker. the Officer Commanding to a fighter bomber squadron [No.20 Squadron, Hunters] led many deep penetration missions into enemy held territory attacking strongly defended targets. While returning from one such mission, his formation was attacked by enemy Sabre aircraft In the ensuing tight. Wing Commander Parker shot down one Sabre and heavily damaged another. In another mission, he attacked the enemy oil refinery at Attock, in the face of the most intense anti-aircraft and small arms tire. seriously damaging the refinery. In all his missions, the actions of Wing Commander Parker have been marked by great courage and determination, and he has been a shining example to the other pilots under his command. His leadership both in peace and war has been outstanding. He has displayed devotion to duty, bravery in the face of heavy enemy opposition and courage in leading many missions day after day.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

Maha Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Ravinder Nath Bharadwaj 5001 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 05 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details : Squadron Leader Bhardwaj, a senior pilot in a fighter-bomber squadron [No.20 Squadron, Hunters] , has led a number of operational missions against a variety of enemy targets. On December 5, 1971, he led a raid on an enemy airfield. Although the target was heavily defended by anti-aircraft and small arms fire, he pressed home the attack. He himself set fire to an enemy heavy transport aircraft in one of his attacks, and eventually led his mission safely back to base. On December 7, 1971 , he led another mission this time to heavily defended power station. Here too, his mission succeeded in causing heavy damage, without any loss to our aircraft. On December 10, 1971, he led a close support mission to the Chhamb area. During the first attack, his aircraft as well as that of his number two were hit by ground fire, and as they pulled out of the attacks they were engaged by enemy Sabres. He guided his number two out of danger, and then returned to the fray shooting down a Sabre which crashed inside our lines near the Chhamb bridge. By this time he was alone, but he returned to the attack, against Pakistani tanks and troops, and caused extensive damage to these targets before nursing his damaged aircraft back to base, where he landed safely. He has displayed exceptional gallantry, leadership and bravery in the face of heavy odds, which are in the highest traditions of the Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972 

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