Vir Chakra Awardee List for the 16 Sqn


A total of 4 Awards are listed.
Vir Chakra : 4 |
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Wg Cdr Peter Maynard Wilson 3590 GD(P)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date 21 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details : Wing Commander PETER MAYNARD WILSON (3590), General Duties (Pilot) - Wing Commander Peter Maynard Wilson was in command of a bomber squadron. In addition to the bombing raids undertaken at night over various parts ot Pakistan, his squadron was given the task of destroying the high-powered radar station near Badin in the Kutch area. The radar station was heavily defended by all calibres of anti-airciaft guns and it could also call upon its interceptor aircraft to defend it from any air attack. The nature of the target was such that it required extreme accuracy in bombing to achieve satisfactory results. It was, therefore, decided to under-take a low-level bombing raid in broad daylight so that the bomber crew could take full advantage of good visibility and achieve the utmost precision. With full knowledge of the dangers involved. Wing Commander Wilson led his squadron and attacked the radar station with confidence and determination. In spite of very heavy opposition, he and his formation successfully destroyed the radar station which was so vital to the enemy. The courage, leadership and skill displayed by Wing Commander Peter Maynard Wilson on this occasion 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 Suresh Damodar Karnik 5056 F(P)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Suresh Damodar Karnik served as Flight Commander of a Bomber Squadron. He flew six very important and difficult missions, by day as well as by night in the Western and the Eastern Sector. These missions involved day and night bombing raids over enemy airfields and interdiction of enemy boats by day. The interdiction missions were flown against a large volume of flak, resulting in damage to his aircraft by enemy fire. Despite this, he pressed home his attacks and claimed a number of enemy boats destroyed. He also carried out a day bombing raid over Chittagong airfield in the fact of heavy Ack Ack fire. During this mission, he bombed and destroyed a large P.O.L. dump, which was seen to catch fire, by subsequent aircraft. Throughout the operations, in addition to flying his share of missions, he shouldered the burden of supervision of missions and the administration of the flight.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Suresh Damodar Karnik displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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

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Sqn Ldr Kalyan Kumar Dutta 5450 F(N)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Kalyan Kumar Dutta, as Navigations Leader of a Bomber Squadron played a key role in the successful performance of the Squadron. The entire missions and the route missions for the squadron were meticulously carried out by him. In addition, as Navigator to his Squadron Commander he undertook the most difficult and dangerous missions himself with exemplary keenness and courage. On a special mission to an airfield by night, he executed some of the best and most accurate navigation at extremely low attitude of 100 to 200 feet above the hilly terrain resulting in a successful first run attack over the runway.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Kalyan Kumar Dutta 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 

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Flt Lt Aspari Raghunath 9122 F(N)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Aspari Raghunath (9122) was serving with a bomber Squadron. He volunteered for every sortie and mission. By virtue of his keenness and ability, he was also earmarked for a special task, which was completed successfully despite enemy ack ack and air defence.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Aspari Raghunath displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

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

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