|Sqn Ldr||Tirumangal Koti Vinay Raj 11438 F(P)||Unit : No.112 Helicopter Unit||Award Date 11 Oct 87||Announced 26 Jan 88|
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Squadron Leader Thirumangalath Kattil Vinay Raj carried extensive flying in Jaffana Peninsula during the month of October 1987 as a part of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) operation. On the night of 11/12 October 1987, during the course of high Special Heliborne Operation, Squadron Leader Vinay Raj was the Captain of No. 2 aircraft in four aircraft formation, detailed for a special mission. He was responsible for successfully landing three missions at the designated helipad, which was under heavy fire by the militants. During this operation the helicopter received extensive damage but Squadron Leader Vinay Raj was able to fly the helicopter back to base safely.
Squadron Leader Thirumangalath Kattil Vinay Raj thus displayed conspicuous gallantry in the face of heavy militant firing.
|Reference:||Gazette of India , 20th April 1988 - No.37 - Pres/88 dated 15th April 1988|