Awardee List for the Air Defence College

A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Kirti Chakra : 1 | Vishist Seva Medal : 1 |
Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Shankar Iyer Chandrasekhar 13436 ADMUnit : Air Defence College  Award Date 21 Nov 81 Announced 26 Jan 82
Details :

On the 21st November, 1981, Flight Lieutenant Sankara Iyer Chandrashekhar (13436) Administrative was proceeding by train on his annual leave to Madras by LucknowJhansi Express and was travelling in a First Class compartment along with three other copassengers, all Railway employees. At about 2330 Hours when the train was between Malana and Lalpur railway stations (59 KMs from Kanpur), four armed robbers forced their way into their compartment. One of the passengers was stabbed. Awakened by the disturbance and responding immediately to the victim’s cries for help, Flight Lieutenant Chandrasekhar jumped down from his berth and grappled with the armed robbers while also attempting to pull the alarm chain. At this stage, one of the intruders shot the officer on his right temple at close range with a country made revolver killing him on the spot. Immediately thereafter, the armed robbers escaped under the cover of darkness without inflicting any further injury to the passengers. The circumstances under which Flight Lieutenant Chandrashekar gave his life were obviously such that only a person with abundant courage and steeped in the highest traditions of ‘Service before self’ could respond in the manner he did. Knowing fully well that he was facing a group of desperados not only armed with lethal weapons, but also unhesitating in using them, the officer reacted with reflexes of a well trained and disciplined member of the Air Force.

During the entire episode Flight Lieutenant Sankara Iyer Chandrashekhar displayed conspicuous bravery and courage of the highest order and laid down his life in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 3rd April 1982 - No.?? - Pres/82 dated 26th January 1982 

Vishist Seva Medal
Flt Lt Peruvamba Ramakrishna Narayana Murthy 9219 ADMUnit : Air Defence College  Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Peruvamba Ramakrishnan Narayana Murthy was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the Indian Air Force in December, 1964. He was employed as a fighter controller at a signal unit in the forward area during the Indo-Pak conflict in December, 1971.

On 9th December, 1971 he was instrumental in detecting three impending strikes at a forward air base and thus ensured timely tactical action by the base against the air attack. Again on 11th and 14th December, 1971, it was because of his diligence and professional competence that our own strike missions were warned in time to take evasive/offensive action against interception of enemy aircraft. Also on 11th December, 1971, it was due to his vigilance that our ground forces near Chor took defensive positions against air attacks well in time thus preventing many casualties.

Throughout his career, Flight Lieutenant Peruvamba Ramakrishnan Narayana Murthy has displayed great professional skill and ingenuity and thus rendered distinguished service of a high order. For this, he is awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 22 Jun 1973 Number: 

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.
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