Vir Chakra Awardee List for the 20 Sqn


A total of 8 Awards are listed.
Vir Chakra : 8 |
Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Bhupendra Kumar Bishnoi 4594 GD(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 07 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Squadron Leader Bhupendra Kumar Bishnoi arrived at Halwara on 7th September, 1965, for taking part in air operations against Pakistan. Within a period of 15 days, he carried out 16 operational missions of which seven were in close support of the army in the Kasur/Lahore sector.

When the enemy ran short o ammunition in the Kasur region Squadron Leader Bishnoi with a formation of four aircraft destroyed a train carrying ammunition at Raiwind Railway Station. The denial of this vital supply was a major factor in causing the enemy to withdraw its armour from this sector with heavy losses.

In this other offensive sorties he destroyed or damaged at least ten enemy tanks, armoured vehicles and gun emplacements. Although his aircraft was hit on three different occasions by the enemy ground fire, he pressed home his attacks every time.

Throughout these operations, Squadron Leader Bhupendra Kumar Bishnoi displayed courage and leadership in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

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

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Flt Lt Chandra Krishna Kumar Menon 5699 GD(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 08 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Chandra Krishna Kumar Menon joined a Hunter Squadron at Halwara on 7th September 1965, to take part in operations against Pakistan. By the time the cease-fire came into force he had carried out eight operational sorties of which seven were in close support of the army.

On 8th September, 1965, he was detailed to lead a four aircraft formation to engage targets in the Kasur-Lahore sector. His formation destroyed a supply train at Raiwind railway Station. The train was carrying ammunition badly needed by the enemy forces in the Kasur region. The denial of this vital supply of ammunition was a major factor in causing the withdrawal of the enemy armour with heavy losses. During the same mission, a large number of tanks and gun emplacements were also successfully engaged and destroyed or damaged. At least six enemy tanks were destroyed on this occasion.

In these sorties, Flight Lieutenant Chandra Krishna Kumar Menon displayed professional skill and utter disregard for his personal safety 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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Flt Lt Amarjit Singh Khullar 5854 GD(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 08 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Amarjeet Singh Kullar joined a Hunter Squadron at Halwara on 7th September, 1965, during the operations against Pakistan. Within a fortnight, he carried out eight operational sorties of which seven were in close support of the army.

On 8th September, 1965, he flew in a four aircraft formation which destroyed a supply train at Raiwind railway Station. The train was carrying ammunition badly needed by the enemy forces in the Kasur region. The denial of this vital supply was a major factor in causing the withdrawal of enemy armour with very heavy losses.

During other operational sorties Flight Lieutenant Kullar destroyed or damaged at least six enemy tanks, armoured vehicles and gun emplacements. He carried out his attacks fearlessly against heavily defended enemy positions and his aircraft was hit by ground fire on three different occasions.

Throughout these operations, Flight Lieutenant Amarjeet Singh Kullar displayed courage and leadership 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 Jal Maniksha Mistry 5006 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 05 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Jal Maniksha Mistry was a Senior Pilot in a Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On 4th December he carried out a daring counter air deep day penetration mission to Kohat and caused extensive damage to the airfield. On 5th December he was leading a formation of two aircraft on a strike mission to Sakesar Radar Station, which was very heavily defended. The aircraft flown by his Number Two became unserviceable during take off itself. Undeterred by this, he proceeded alone on this mission. After reaching the target he attacked the Radar Station in the face of heavy ground fire and succeeded in damaging and putting the radar station off the air.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Jal Maniksha Mistry displayed commendable courage, determination and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.79 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

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Flt Lt Arun Laxman Deoskar 9058 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Arun Laxman Deoskar was a pilot in a FighterBomber Squadron. He carried out a day counter air mission on an enemy airfield deep into enemy territory and destroyed two aircraft on ground in the face of heavy enemy ground fire. On an earlier occasion, he had made another counter air, day operational mission and had damaged enemy airfield installations. On his way back from this mission, he was engaged by a high performance enemy aircraft. Though his aircraft was damaged, he skillfully took evasive action and brought back his aircraft safely to base.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Arun Laxman Deoskar 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 

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Balchandra Chengapa Karumbaya 10604 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Ballachandra Chengapa Karumbaya was serving with Fighter-Bomber Squadron. He carried out two counter air day missions to enemy airfields and destroyed a heavy transport aircraft on the ground and also caused extensive damage to permanent airfield installation in the face of heavy ground fire.

In this action, Flying Officer Ballachandra Chengapa Karumbaya 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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Fg Offr Sankaranarayanan Balasubramanian 10864 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 05 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the Operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flying Officer Shankarnarayanan Balasubramanian was serving as a pilot with a Fighter-Bomber Squadron. On 4th and 5th December 1971 he flew deep day penetration operational missions to enemy airfield and successfully damaged enemy airfield on ground and other airfield installations despite heavy ground fire.

In this action, Flying Officer Shankarnarayanan Balasubramanian 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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Lt Arun Prakash NAVYUnit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Lieutenant Arun Prakash was on deputation to IAF. On the 4th Dec, 71, he led an IAF strike mission to an enemy airfield. In the mission he destroyed enemy’s heavy transport aircraft on ground and returned to base. On the 5th Dec 71, he led a deep strike penetration day ops strike into enemy territory and attacked an enemy airfield, heavily defended by air and ground forces. He destroyed enemy’s heavy transport aircraft, attacked troops and supplies and returned to base.

Throughout, Lieutenant Arun Prakash displayed gallantry, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 15th July 1972 - No.?? - Pres/72 dated ??? 

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