Vir Chakra Awardee List for the 35 Sqn


A total of 5 Awards are listed.
Vir Chakra : 5 |
Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Badhwar 4669 F(P)Unit : No.35 Squadron  Award Date 03 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the conflict with Pakistan in December, 1971, Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Badhwar was in command of a Bomber Squadron in the Western Sector. During the period 3rd December 1971 to 14th December 1971, he under-took various missions against air bases and port installations which were heavily defended by Missile carrying fighters and anti-aircraft guns. Disregarding personal safety and with great courage and skill, he attacked air bases at Masoor, Drig Road and Port Installations at Karachi. He was instrumental in depleting the enemy’s oil reserves and crippling his port facilities at Karachi.

Throughout the operation, Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Badhwar displayed gallantry, leadership, and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th June 1972 - No.75 - Pres/72 dated 1st June 1972  

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Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar Bhadra 5114 F(P)Unit : No.35 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Bhadra as Flight Commander of a Bomber Squadron carried out and led night bombing missions deep into enemy territory, attacking vital and heavily defended military targets. On one occasion, although he was subjected to heavy Ack Ack fire at a low altitude, he kept cool and continued with his attack and dropped his bombs on the target causing considerable damage.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Bhadra displayed gallantry, determination and professional skill 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 Ghanshyam Singh Thapa 6003 F(N)Unit : No.35 Squadron  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Ghanshyam Singh Thapa served with a Bomber Squadron. He was the lead Navigator of a formation of four Bomber aircraft that carried out the first bombing attack, on the night of the 3rd/4th December, 1971, deep into the enemy territory, over the vitally located and well defended Pakistan Air Force base of Masroor. He navigated the aircraft to the target despite very heavy ground fire. He dropped all the bombs with precision causing heavy damage. Throughout, Squadron Leader Ghanshyam Singh Thapa 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 Preet Pal Singh Gill 6342 F(P)Unit : No.35 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Preet Pal Singh Gill carried out a number of successful night bombing missions over vital and heavily defended targets situated deep inside enemy territory. His cool courage, professional skill and determination in the face of heavy enemy opposition besides resulting in severe damage to enemy installations, inspired other aircrews to follow his gallant example.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Preet Pal Singh Gill 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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Flt Lt Yogendra Prasad Singh 9867 F(N)Unit : No.35 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, on a number of night bombing attacks on vital targets deep inside enemy territory, Flight Lieutenant Yogendra Prasad Singh displayed navigational skill of a very high order in accurately navigating over difficult and unfamiliar terrain with determination in the face of heavy enemy opposition. His example of courage, determination and skill was a source of inspiration to other aircrews.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Yogendra Prasad Singh 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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