Vir Chakra Awardee List for the 44 Sqn


A total of 4 Awards are listed.
Vir Chakra : 4 |
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Wg Cdr Tom Lionel Anderson 3126 GD(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 20 Oct 62 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details :

On 20th October, 1962, after the Chinese had invaded our borders it became evident that Chushul airfield in Ladakh would be one of their main objectives. The garrison at Chushul depended mainly on air supply. In order t prevent our aircraft from supplying the garrison, the Chinese had established a number of MMG posts near the airfield circuit. Although each sortie to Chushul was fraught with grave danger from concentrated enemy fire, wing Commander Anderson, was in command of one of our Transport Squadrons, flew nearly 70 operational hours during the critical days, delivering vital supplies to the garrison. It was due to his courage and perseverance that the tank lift to Chushul was made possible. His ceaseless efforts inspired the officers and men of his squadron to work round the clock to maintain the supplies required for the survival of the garrison.

In these operations, Wing Commander Anderson displayed commendable courage and unflinching devotion to duty

Reference: Gazette of India , 16th February 1963 - No. 18-Pres/63., dated 26th January, 1963 

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Sqn Ldr Chandan Singh 3460 GD(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 20 Oct 62 Announced 26 Jan 63
Details : On 20th October 1962, Squadron Leader Chandan Singh was detailed to carry out supply dropping in the Chip Chap area in Ladakh. On reaching the dropping zone, he noticed that the outposts were under heavy fire from the Chinese forces. He successfully dropped vital supplies to our garrison although his aircraft was hit 19 times by enemy ground fire, Squadron Leader Chandan Singh displayed courage and devotion to duty in carrying out the task in complete disregard of his personal safety.
Reference: Gazette of India , 16th February 1963 - No. 18-Pres/63., dated 26th January, 1963 

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Sqn Ldr Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia 4912 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 06 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Squadron Leader Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia was the Senior Flight Commander of a Bomber Squadron. He was largely responsible for the initial planning, tactics, weapon delivery system and overall supervision in the conduct of bomber operations of the unit. His planning and execution, which included his leading seven missions into enemy territory with courage and successfully completing them in spite of his aircraft being damaged on three missions due to heavy flak acted as a source of inspiration to the air and ground crew.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Gursaran Singh Ahluwalia 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 Prem Bhushan Kalra 8466 F(N)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Prem Bhushan Kalra took part in six bombing missions. On every mission, he has been instrumental in spotting the source of ground fire and in taking effective counter measures. Though his aircraft was hit on three occasions, he continued with the mission. On the 15th December, 1971, he undertook a mission deep into the enemy territory. The fading light and poor visibility made navigated extremely difficult. He reached his target with pinpoint accuracy and bombed it devastatingly.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Prem Bhushan Kalra 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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