Vir Chakra Awardee List for the 1 Sqn

A total of 4 Awards are listed.
Vir Chakra : 4 |
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Sqn Ldr Sudharshan Handa 4816 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date 07 Sep 65 Announced 10 Sep 65
Details :

At 0945 hours on the 7th September 1965, a formation of four Mystere aircraft led by Squadron Leader Sudarshan Handa took off for an operational mission and flying at a height of only 50 to 100 feet above ground level penetrated into Pakistan territory.

Squadron Leader Handa led the formation accurately to their objective and the formation went into the attack. He dropped his bombs on the Bulk Patrol Installation and opened up with his guns at three Sabre Jets parked at the Operational Readiness Platform, one of which burst into flames. He then signaled to the remaining members of the formation to attack an enemy F-104 Star Fighter which was also on the Operational Readiness Platform. By this time the enemy antiaircraft guns had opened a heavy barrage of fire against all the four aircraft of the formation. After the successful attack Squadron Leader Handa led the formation back to base safely, all our aircraft landed with only marginal fuel.

The cool courage, devotion to duty and determination displayed by Squadron Leader Sudarshan Handa throughout the operation, were in the finest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965 

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Wg Cdr Om Prakash Taneja 3843 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Wing Commander Om Parkash Taneja showed inspiring leadership and set a fine example as a Squadron Commander by leading nine strike missions over enemy territory. On 6th September 1965, he led his Squadron for the first mission into enemy territory and destroyed fuel wagons in the Gujranwala sector. On 7th September 1965 he led a formation of 12 aircraft of the Squadron on a dawn strike over Sargodha Airfield. He started up during an air raid warning, when our anti-aircraft guns were firing. Shortly after the air raid he took off from a damaged runway having no runway lights. Through it was still dark, he led his Squadron successfully at low level to the target. On subsequent days he led a number of strike sorties in the Lahore and Sialkot sectors, attacking and destroying enemy tanks, vehicle concentrations and gun and mortar positions in these sectors. By his example he inspired confidence and courage amongst the junior pilots and won the admiration of all serving under him.

Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

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Flt Lt Dil Mohan Singh Kahai 5272 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date 07 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Dil Mohan Singh Kahai was the deputy leader of a Mystere formation, which carried out a daring daylight raid on the very heavily defended Sargodha airfield on 7th September 1965. Despite the intense anti-aircraft fire, he dropped his bombs on four parked aircraft (one F-104 and three F-86) on the Operational Readiness Platform. Then he straffed two more F-86 aircraft and one more F-104 parked on the other Operational Readiness Platform.

On 11th September 1965, he flew as No. 2 in a two-aircraft bombing mission over artillery bunkers in the Lahore sector. The bombs dropped by him exploded directly over the bunkers and they were destroyed.

On 18th September 1965, flying again as the deputy leader in a four aircraft formation, Flight Lieutenant Kahai scored a direct hit on a gun position near Lahore airfield with rockets and knocked it out. On 19th September, 1965, he led a two aircraft formation and destroyed a Railway Bridge over the Ichhogil canal.

The officer also flew a number of strike support missions in which he inflicted damage to enemy equipment and casualties on enemy troops. He also carried out armed patrol sorties near the airfield.

The calmness and resolute courage displayed by Flight Lieutenant Dil Mohan Singh Kahai during all these operational missions were a source of inspiration to other pilots and were in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 12th February 1966 - No.15 - Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

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Sqn Ldr Sindhaghatta Subbaramu 5371 F(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Sindhaghatta Subbaramu was attached to a Fighter Squadron. He flew a total of thirtytwo missions in the form of Combat Air Patrol, escort and interception. He flew these sorties in adverse weather conditions and in pitch-dark night in the vicinity of hilly areas. During every escort mission, he ensured that the strike force was never threatened in any way by enemy aircraft, which enabled the strike force to attack the targets fearlessly. He always brought the strike forces back to base safely.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Sindhaghatta Subbaramu displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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