Vir Chakra Awardee List for the 7 Sqn


A total of 13 Awards are listed.
Vir Chakra : 13 |
Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Ezra D'Sylva Masillamani 1774 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 50
Details :

Squadron Leader (now Wing Commander) EZRA D’SYLVA MASILLAMANI (1774) displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination whilst flying in KASHMIR Operations. First in the capacity as a Flight Commander, he flew over 100 operational hours in close support of our ground forces on tactical and offensive sorties, flown mostly during adverse weather. He had thus proved himself to be skilled pilot and an inspiring leader. Again as a Squadron Commander, the officer completed many sorties on his second tour of operations. He attacked GILGIT and enemy gun positions near CHAKHOTI and TITHWAL. He also took part in the GILGIT operations and attacked the KISHENGANGA BRIDGE in the face of intense enemy “fire” with complete disregard for personal safety.

On another occasion this officer located the enemy concentration in a forest near PALANDRI, the headquarters of the so-called AZAD KASHMIR Forces and successfully attacked Military objectives in the area with rockets and cannons. To ensure complete destruction of the enemy targets, he took off leading another formation to attack the targets again. He attacked the target with good result killing several enemy troops and over 100 mules which were being employed for transporting arms and ammunition to the front line in POONCH. As a result of these attacks, the enemy pressure was considerably reduced. The location and subsequent destruction of the enemy concentration proved to be of immense value to our Army.

For the valuable services rendered by him during the JAMMU and KASHMIR Operations, he has been awarded Vir Chakra.

Reference: Gazette of India , Extraordinary, No. 2-Pres., dated 26th January, 1950 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt R S Kalyaniwala 1869 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 29 Dec 48 Announced 20 Nov 50
Details :

This officer has done nearly 60 hours of Operational flying in a very short period. On all occasions he has displayed a cool head and has pressed home his attacks to maximum advantage.

As a flight Commander this officer took a leading part in most of the sorties carried out in the Northern Sector prior to the advent of winter conditions over the Kashmir Valley.

Sqn. Ldr. Kalyaniwala set a high standard in precision bombing and his attacks on the enemy picquets on the high hills near ZOJILLA Pass prior to the ground attack were most valuable. One attack in particular, near GUMRI, enabled our troops to break through the DRAS. For this he was commended by the Corps Commander.

Reference: Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Baldev Singh Dogra 1921 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 15 Sep 48 Announced 20 Nov 50
Details :

The late Sqn. Ldr. Baldev Singh Dogra (1921) completed a very large number of sorties during the Jammu and Kashmir Operations. Being a pilot of great skill he was responsible in effectively intercepting and destroying many enemy vehicles on the Kohala Bagh Road.

All his sorties were marked for his skill in flying, determination to get at the enemy at all costs and for unfailing devotion to duty. Often he took on difficult targets without hesitation and concluded his missions with success even when bad weather intervened. He had on many occasions carried out low level offensive reconnaissance on the Kohala Bagh Road and brought back valuable information which proved of immense value.

For his excellent leadership throughout the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Reference: Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Randhir Singh 2135 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 20 Mar 47 Announced 20 Nov 50
Details :

Flt. Lt. (now Wg. Cdr.) Randhir Singh (2135) flew 185 hours of Operational flying in close support of our troops while commanding a flight of a ground attack Squadron during the Jammu and Kashmir Operations.

He always set a magnificent example by engaging targets with vigour and zeal in spite of his aircraft being hit by enemy fire on several occasions. His leadership, coolness and courage in the face of enemy, inspired confidence in other pilots of the Squadron.

For the outstanding services rendered by him during the Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Reference: Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950 

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Geoffery Charles Wilks 3284 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 20 Mar 48 Announced 20 Nov 50
Details :

Fg. Off. Geoffery Charles Wilks (3284) (since released) rendered meritorious service during Jammu and Kashmir operations by carrying out 70 Operational sorties in close support of our ground troops. His flying was outstanding for its remarkable skill, courage and determination to carry out the tasks allotted to him in complete disregard for his personal safety and thereby set a good example for the other pilots of his Squadron to follow.

For the valuable services rendered by him during Jammu and Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Reference: Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950 

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr George Douglas Clarke 3295 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 29 Mar 48 Announced 20 Nov 50
Details :

Fg. Off. (Now Sqn. Ldr.) George Douglas Clarke (3295) proved himself as one of the outstanding pilots in the Jammu and Kashmir Operations. He carried out numerous close support sorties with excellent results. His coolness, skill and courage were of the highest order during the Operations.

The officer carried out 75 Operational Sorties totaling about 200 hours mostly in close support of our ground troop. His accurate bombing, rocketry and gunnery inflicted severe damage on enemy positions and often foiled enemy advances.

For the valuable service rendered by him during the Jammu and Kashmir Operations, he has been awarded the Vir Chakra.

Reference: Gazette of India , 20th November 1950 - No.13 - Pres dated 15th November 1950 

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Adi Rustom Ghandhi 7722 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 10 Sep 65
Details : On the 6th September, 1965, Flying Officer Adi Rustomji Ghandhi was number two in a section of two aircraft on a Combat Air Patrol sortie over Halwara. Two other aircraft were also airborne on the same mission for mutual cover. Suddenly four Pakistani F-86 aircraft sneaked in low to attack the airfield and pulled up just behind Flying Officer Ghandhi’s section. One of the enemy Sabres shot down his leader before it was spotted. Undeterred by his sudden misfortune, Flying Officer Ghandhi skillfully manoeuvred his aircraft got behind the F-86 aircraft and shot it down. Thereafter, overwhelmed by numbers, he was himself shot down. The Sabres were however driven off, the enemy attack foiled, and our airfield, aircraft and ground installations escaped damage. In this operation Flying Officer Ghandhi displayed commendable courage in the face of the enemy.
Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965 

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Prakash Sadashivrao Pingale 6755 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 16 Sep 65 Announced 22 Sep 65
Details :

On the 16th September 1965, Flying Officer Prakash Pingale led a section of two aircraft on a “scramble” mission. His section engaged a Pakistani F-86 aircraft, which was also under its own radar control. With great skill, Flying Officer Pingale manoeuvred his section behind the enemy aircraft when he noticed another Sabre jet coming in to attack. He immediately changed his position and shot down the enemy aircraft, which he had engaged earlier. Then he turned to the other enemy aircraft and flying with great skill and accuracy, engaged it and shot it down also.

The skill and leadership displayed by Flying Officer Pingale in this air combat were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.133 - Pres/65 dated 22nd September 1965 

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Sube Singh Malik 4663 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Squadron Leader Sube Singh Malik was engaged in operations against Pakistan as a Flight Commander of a Hunter Squadron. He flew a total of 15 operational missions of which 11 were in close support of the army in the front line.

He led formations of Hunter aircraft on offensive air strikes on eight occasions and caused extensive damage and destruction to enemy tanks, vehicles and troops. He pressed home his attacks with determination and courage in spite of heavy enemy ground fire and, on some occasions, enemy interceptor aircraft. On one occasion the control surfaces of his aircraft were damaged but with skill he brought back his aircraft and landed safely at his base. On another occasion he pressed home his attack against a heavily defended target in spite of a warning received from his companion about enemy F-104 aircraft closing in. Undaunted, he completed his task in spite of the heavy odds and brought his formation safely back to base.

During another sortie near Harbanspura Railway station, his formation caused extensive damage to enemy armour and gun positions in spite of heavy enemy antiaircraft fire.

The courage and tenacity of Squadron Leader Sube Singh Malik were in the highest traditions of the Air Force.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Ajit Singh Lamba 4877 GD(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 06 Sep 65 Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

As a Hunter pilot, Squadron Leader Ajit Singh Lamba flew a total of 15 operational sorties, of which 11 were in close support of the army in the Kasur and Lahore sectors. On several of these missions he led formations of Hunter aircraft. He showed great skill and determination in seeking out enemy targets and pressing home his attacks in spite of intensive ground fire and the presence of enemy interceptor aircraft. In spite of heavy opposition, he successfully destroyed several enemy tanks and vehicles. His achievement in the destruction of enemy guns and armour near Harbanspura railway station was specially noteworthy because of the heavy defences surrounding these locations.

Throughout the operations Squadron Leader Ajit Singh Lamba showed a marked keenness for action and was always an immediate and ready volunteer for any mission. His courage and devotion to duty inspired other pilots and are in the finest traditions of the Air Force.

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

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Allan David Alley 4975 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 06 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, as a Flight Commander of a Fighter Bomber Squadron, Squadron Leader Allan David Alley flew 15 operational missions in close support of our ground force, interdiction and offensive strike. Between 4th December and 6th December he led strike missions in the Eastern Sector in Saidpur area and destroyed three steamers and four trains. He also extensively damaged three marshalling yards and destroyed four bridges and four enemy bunkers. In the Western Sector he flew as a Deputy Leader in a strike mission over Sialkot and Wazirabad marshalling yards. In spite of heavy enemy ground fire he caused serious damage to the marshalling yards.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Allan David Alley 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
Flt Lt Andre Rudolph Da Costa 8175 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 04 Dec 71 Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

On the 4th December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Andre Rudolph Da Costa flew as Number Two on offensive recce sorties in Lal Munirhat, Rangpur Sector. After successfully strafing the Army targets, the pair attacked a goods train south of Lal Munirhat bridge and both the aircraft ejected close to the base. Flight Lieutenant Da Costa was also hit and although he tried to bring his aircraft back, he fell unconscious and his aircraft crashed short as a result of which he died.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Andre Rudolph Da Costa displayed gallantry of a high order.

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

Vir Chakra
Fg Offr Mohan Dikshit 11309 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 72
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971 as a pilot in a Fighter-Bomber Squadron, Flying Officer Mohan Dikshit flew several sorties. He flew as a wingman on a strike mission and damaged a bridge in spite of heavy enemy defence. In the Pathankot sector he damaged four marshalling yards and the canal headworks. While on a close air support mission he destroyed few gun positions in the Chhamb area.

Throughout, Flying Officer Mohan Dikshit 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 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
The URL for this page is Here is a Clickable Link
Pages 1
Note: All the data available here is publicly available in the Gazette of India, published by the Indian Government, or from public domain sources, press releases about Awards and Right-To-Information (RTI) Requests. Additionally data shared by veterans is added to the page with permission. No data with respect to serving officers below the rank of AVM is displayed. Information in Gazette of India and Award citations and photographs as released by the Indian Air Force are the only details displayed.