Vayu Sena Medal Awardee List


A total of 1329 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal : 1329 |
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Prem Prakash Chopra 10954 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 75
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Prem Prakash Chopra was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in June, 1967. He has been flying helicopters since 1971. During this short period, he has achieved a very high professional skill and has obtained 'A' category and Master Green Instrument Rating. Inspite of the hazards of flying over difficult and mountainous terrain, he has completed a thousand hours of accident­free flying. During the Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971, he successfully undertook casualty evacuation, urgent communication and reconnaissance missions in the Eastern sector. On 6th January, 1973, he successfully carried out a casualty evacuation sortie despite adverse weather conditions in the high mountainous terrains.

Throughout Flight Lieutenant Prem Prakash Chopra displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Jati Kumar Kar 28605 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 75
Details : 28605 Master Warrant Officer JATI KUMAR KAR :

Master Warrant Officer Jati Kumar Kar has been serving as Signaller (Air) since 1953. He has flown a total of 9,460 hours, of which 3,072 hours have been on operational missions in Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland and NEFA areas. His aircrew category is 'A' . He has taken active role in the various research programmes and has displayed very high professional skill and devotion to duty. Because of his vast experience as Signaller (Air), he has been an asset to the Unit for training new signallers.

Master Warrant Officer Jati Kumar Kar has displayed professional skill, determination and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Vamadevan Ravindran 29436 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 75
Details :

Master Warrant Officer Vamadevan Ravindran has been serving as Signaller (Air) since 1948. His aircrew category is 'A' on Dakota aircraft and 'B' on IL-14 aircraft and he has maintained a high standard of professional efficiency throughout his career. While serving with the communication Squadron/ Flight, he carried out 776 special flights. He has 8,290 hours of flying to his credit of which 4,708 hours were flown in connection with very important assignments both within and outside India. In addition, he has 1,660 hours of operational flying in the Northern and Eastern Sectors to his credit.

Throughout Master Warrant Officer Vamadevan Ravindran displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
MWO Muckatira Ponnappa Muthana 202101 ORUnit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 75
Details :

Master Warrant Officer Muckatira Ponnappa Muthana, Flight Engineer, has been serving with the Paratroopers' Training School since June. 1970. He has flown a total of 3,500 hours, of which 478 hours have been on operational missions in Northern and Eastern Sectors. At the Paratroopers Training School, he had to shoulder the entire responsibility of conversion courses for aircrew and remustering courses for flight engineers. During the airborne assault operations in December, 1971, he displayed high professional skill by helping in the rescue of a hung up paratrooper.

Master Warrant Officer Muckatira Ponnappa Muthana thus displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Lawrence Cruz 47138 ORUnit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 75
Details :

Warrant Officer Lawrence Cruz has been a Parachute Jump Instructor since 1947. He has the distinction of having more than 600 descents to his credit which is the highest record among the Senior Non­Commissioned Officers. He has carried out descents at high altitudes and has always been associated with the trials of indigenous parachutes and airborne equipment. In 1965, he was selected to undergo paratrooping training from AN-12 aircraft, and has been instrumental in training Army and Air Force personnel in jumping from that aircraft. During the Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971, he was associated with the training of paratroopers who took part in the airborne operations. He also flew as a Despatcher during the paradrop over Tangail. He has trained over 1000 Army Paratroopers and a large number of Parachute Jump Instructors. This is the largest contribution by any individual instructor towards the paratrooper training.

Throughout, Warrant Officer Lawrence Cruz displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Sgt Devraj 216117 ORUnit : No.49 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 75
Details :

Flight Sergeant Devraj has been serving with a Transport Squadron in the Eastern theatre since April, 1972. From September, 1967 to March, 1972, he had served with a heavy Transport Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir. He has always volunteered for difficult sorties and has flown a total of 3,960 hours, out of which 1706 hours have been on operational sorties. During the Indo-Pak Conflict 1971 he had flown a large number of operational hours and had taken part in the operations in Western as well as Eastern Sectors. He also took part in paratrooping operations. During his stay of less than two years in Assam Sector, he flew a total of 1,600 hours including 1400 hours on operational sorties.

Throughout, Flight Sergeant Devraj displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Bharat Bhushan Koshal 7023 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 20 Jan 75 Announced 01 Jul 75
Details : Squadron Leader Bharat Bhushan Koshal was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in .January, 1963. He has been commanding a Helicopter Unit .since February, 1974. On the 20th January, 1975, when a earth-quake caused vast damage in Himachal Pradesh, Squadron Leader Koshal was called upon to undertake rescue and relief work. He immediately positioned a detachment of his Helicopters at Pooh. From there he flew to Leo which was one of the worst affected places and was in urgent need of help. Even though there was no place to land, he very skilfully manoeuvred his helicopter and landed safely. Very soon he .got a place prepared for other helicopters to land. Despite extremely bad weather, his detachment airlifted doctors and large quantities of medicines and relief supplies, and evacuated casualties. He himself flew 52 sorties. His efforts resulted in the timely relief to the affected people. Squadron Leader Bharat Bhushan Koshal thus displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 1st May 1976 - No.36 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Harpal Singh Ahluwalia 9821 F(P)Unit : No.105 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 22 Oct 74 Announced 01 Jul 75
Details : Flight Lieutenant Harpal Singh Ahluwalia was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in October, 1965. He has flown a total of 2250 hours end has an unblemished flying record, On the 22nd October 1974. he was detailed to undertake special heliborne operations in the Eastern Sector. He carried out sorties to far-flung helipads in two days of intensive flying, despite adverse weather. Subsequently, when the unit was again called upon to carry out heliborne operations during December, 1974 and January, 1975 he flew a total of 260 sorties which resulted in successful completion of the operations. During these operations. Flight Lieutenant Harpal Singh Ahluwalia displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 1st May 1976 - No.36 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Subhash Chandra Kharbanda 10113 F(P)Unit : No.118 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 22 Oct 74 Announced 01 Jul 75
Details : Flight Lieutenant Subhash Chander Kharbanda was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in March 1966. He has been serving with a helicopter Unit since April, 1972. During October and December, 1974 when the Unit was called upon to mount special heliborne operations in the Eastern Sector, he was chosen to undertake numerous missions to forward helipads. He undertook 28 successful missions in the theatre. He often had to fly from dawn to dusk. . He carried out numerous sorties which resulted in successful completion of the operations. Flight Lieutenant Subhash Chander Kharbarnda thus displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 1st May 1976 - No.36 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Anil Govindrao Bendre 10570 F(P)Unit : No.105 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 12 Jul 74 Announced 01 Jul 75
Details : Flight Lieutenant Anil Govindrao Bendre was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in October 1966. He has flown 2620 hours on Helicopters of which 1050 hours have been flown by him in operational areas. His flying record has been an accident free one. On the 12th July, 1974, in his capacity as a check pilot, he was screening a unit pilot, while undertaking an operational commitment in Eastern Sector. He took off from an advance helipad at 0910 hours, with the Commander Security Forces and three other passengers on board. After a few minutes' flight he had to change the route on account of bad weather. Within minutes of Flying on the new course, The helicopter was rocked by a sharp, cracking sound just eight inches behind his head. Realising that they were under machine gun fire, he initiated a quick hard turn to get away and was then informed by the co-pilot that the Commander Security Forces was hit, apparently by the sniper's bullet, and was bleeding profusely. Undettered by the chain of sudden developments and keeping a cool decisive head. Flight Lieutenant Bendre after ascertaining the serviceability of the helicopter, headed towards the only location where hospital facitities were available. He landed the helicopter safely, enabling the wounded Commander to be speedily attended to. In this action. Flight Lieutenant Anil Govindrao Bendre displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 1st May 1976 - No.36 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Bagia Laxmi Kanth Reddy 11305 F(P)Unit : No.105 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 22 Oct 74 Announced 01 Jul 75
Details : Flight Lieutenant Bagia Laxmi Kantli Reddy was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Foice in December, 1967. He has flown a total of 2251 accident free hours on helicopters over a myriad of terrain. On 22nd October, 1974, he was detailed to undrtake special heliborne operations, in tlie Eastern Sector. He undertook this challenging task and within a period of seven days completed the same by flying to far-flung helipads. Regardless of his personal safety, he flew 122 hazardous sorties with undeterred zeal. Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Bagia Laxmi Kanth Reddy displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 1st May 1976 - No.36 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Bharat Raj Lohtia 11419 F(P)Unit : No.118 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 22 Oct 74 Announced 01 Jul 75
Details : Flight Lieutenant Bharat Raj Lohtia was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Air Force in December, 1967. He has been serving with a Helicopter Unit since September, 1972. During October and December, 1974 when the unit was called upon to rnount special heliborne operations in Eastern Sector, he was the captain of one of the helicopters engaged in the operations. Due to urgency of the situation and limited time time, the helicopler had to be llown in the over in the overload variant. The task required courage and flying skill of a very high order due to turbulent weather conditions in the inhospitable terrain of Eastern Sector. Disregarding his personal safety, he carried out 22 successful missions often flying from dawn 'o dusk. Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Bharat Raj Lohtia displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order
Reference: Gazette of India dated 1st May 1976 - No.36 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Melatur Srinivasa Muthuswamy 4714 F(P)Unit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander MELATUR SRINIVAS MUTHUSWAMY has been Officer Commanding, Parachute Training School, since 24 September 1973. He has done a total of about 6400 hours of flying including 1700 operational hours. He is holding A/Master Green Category, is an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor and has been a command examiner of transport aircaft since September, 1973. During his command his unit won the Central Air Command trophy for the best category squadron for the second vear in succession. The same year, his unit carried out highest number of para descents and established an all time record. During his tenure, three courses of pilots, navigators, and flight engineers were conducted and a batch of 16 NCC Girl Cadets was also trained. Wing Commander Melatur Srinivas Muthuswamy has throughout displayed courage. professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Ram Krishna Batra 4715 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Ram Krishen Batra has been the Commanding 0fficer of a fighter Squadron with effect from 7th May 1973. Under his command, the Squadron made tremendous progress in all spheres of Squadron activities and now stands as one of the finest fighting Squadrons in the Service. This Squadron won the Mukherjee Trophy durins the Weapons Meet of 1974-75. Wing Commander Batra has flown nearly 4000 hours on Single engine and has participated in operations during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971. He has also served as a qualified flying instructor. His Competence in man-management and other fields of administration is commendable. Wing Commander Ram Krishen Batra has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Rajendra Kumar Dhawan 4736 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Rajendra Kumar Dhawan took over command of the first Squadron which was to be re-equipped with the latest type of supersonic fighter aircraft in May 1973. He solved the initial problems successfully and created a base from which the subsequent squadrons of similar type of aircraft could be formed. He has a distinguished flying record and has to his credit a total of 3885 hours on single engine aircraft of which over 650 hours are on supersonics. Wing Commander Rajendra Kumar Dhawan has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Akbar Singh Bains 4882 F(P)Unit : No.2 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Akbar Singh Barns has been in command of an operational Squadron in the Western Sector since 29th Janauary, 1973. Due to his untiring efforts the Squadron won the coveted Mukherjee Trophy for the Best Squadron in the Weapons Meet during 1973-74. It also bagged the Maintenance Trophy for the year and has an excellent record of having an accident free year. Wing Commander Bains has done more than 4000 hours of single engine flying. He has also served on deputation to the UAR Air force. Wing Commander Akbar Singh Bains has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramchandran 4973 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has been in Command of an operational Squadron, since September, 1973 whose task is to convert pilots to the latest supersonic fighter aircraft. The squadron has functioned very well and has regularly completed its flying tasks. Wing Commander Ramachandran has a distinguished flying career right form the time he joined the Air Force. He secured the Nabha Trophy for standing first in Ground Subjects in the Air Force Academy and Hindustan Aeronautcs Limited Trophy for standing first in flying training at Hakimpet. He topped the class in pilot attack instructor's course in 1959. At the test pilots course in Farnborough, he was awarded the Edward's trophy for showing the best all round progress in the course. He has flown 47 types of aircraft, total flying being approximately 3050 hours. In Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, he was responsible for training Indian Air Lines pilots of HS-748 aircraft and thereafter he was associated with IAC field trials on HS-748. He also carried out proving and inaugural flights of the IAC to Visakhapatnam and Colombo. Wing Commander Palamadai Muthuswamy Ramachandran has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duly of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Trilochan Singh 5043 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 16 Jan 75 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Wing Commander Trilochan Singh was detailed to carry out a night practice interception sortie on a supersonic aircraft on 16th January, 1975. While returning to base after completion of the exercise, he heard a loud bang from the intake followed by a bright flash around the aircraft. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh reacted in a most cool and calm manner and tried to analyse the occurrence. He noticed that the engine Rotation Per Minute was rapidly falling down and the engine eventually flamed out completely. He relit the engine and handling it carefully and calmly, successfully landed the aircraft at the base. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh has a distinguished record of accident free flying and has flown more than 3000 hours on jets including more than 1300 hours on supersonic aircraft. Wing Commander Trilochan Singh thus displayed courage, presence of mind. professional skill and devotion to duty of high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ravinder Kumar 5315 F(P)Unit : No.47 Squadron  Award Date 02 Mar 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : On 2nd March, 1974, Squadron Leader Ravindra Kumar took off in a supersonic aircraft in a high level tactical formation. At about 6 km height at a speed of 650 Km per hour the canopy bubble of his aircraft disintegrated. The broken perspex pieces which flew into the cockpit injured him and broke his helmet visor. Some of the canopy pieces also caused damage to other parts of the aircraft. He cleared away the broken pieces of his visor and regained control over the situation. He realised that he could neither transmit nor receive on his radio. despite injuries and tremendous air blast to his person in the absence of the protective visor, he maintained full control over the aircraft, reduced the speed, descended back towards the airfield and brought the aircraft to a safe landing. In this action, Squadron Leader Ravindra Kumar displayed courage, presence of mind, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande 5694 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Apr 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : On 15th April 1974 Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande was flying as a check instructor in a formation on a supersonic aircraft. While at 6000 metres height at a speed of 850 Km per hour, the canopy perspex, shattered and flying pieces broke his helmet visor and caused, injury to his neck and right shoulder. The Radio Telephony also went dead as its lead broke off. He however managed to connect it and tried to transmit the nature of emergency, but owing to very high noise level he could not receive any reply. As there was no protection for his eyes from the heavy air blast, his vision was blurred. He reduced, speed and managed to align the aircraft with the runway, land safety and saved a valuable aircraft. In this action. Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande displayed great courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Kenneth Rodney Dutton 5873 F(P)Unit : No.107 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 15 Feb 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Kenneth Rodney Dutton has been commanding a helicopter unit since 15th February 1974, which has a dual operational and type conversion role. He has been largely responsible for the evolution of safe operating procedures for helicopters in desert terrain and is currently well well advanced in trials for special opcrations by night. He has 4750 accident free flying hours to his credit. On 24th February. 1975, while demonstrating turns in a hover, the tail rotor-cable of his helicopter snapped. It resulted in complete loss of directional control at a very crucial stage of flight. In this grave situation Squadron Leader Dutton acted with remarkable speed and presence of mind by using engine torque to counter the vicious yaw and landed the aircraft safely thus averting a very serious accident. In this action, Squadron Leader Kenneth Rodney Dutton displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Shashikant Bhise 5924 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Shashikant Bhise is serving as the Navigation Leader in one of the heavy transport squadron since December, 1973. In addition to training and normal flying, he has commendably contributed towards systemising and standardising operational techniques for all the roles of the Squadron. Squadron Leader Bhise has a total of 5060 hours of instructional as well as operational flying. He holds the highest transport flying category on six types of aircraft and holds the highest instructional category. Squadron Leader Shashikant Bhise has throughout displayed professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Suresh Kumar Misra 6407 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Suresh Kumar Misra has been serving as an Avionics Test Engineer since 21st June, 1973. His contribution to the development evaluation and selection of new avionica equipment for the Air Force has been invaluable. He has so far flown a total of 929 hours on 16 types of aircraft. Squadron Leader Suresh Kumar Misra has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Philip Rajkumar 6748 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Philip Rajkumar has been serving as a Test pilot since 16th July 1972. He has performed his task with great enthusiasm and determination from the very beginning without caring for his personal comfort and convenience. He was able to successfully organise, conduct and participate in a wide variety of trials on different types of aircraft including basic trainers, transport aircrafts bombers and supersonic fighters. He has so far flown 2428 hours on 43 types of aircraft. Squadron Leader Philip Rajkumar has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Manbir Singh 6771 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 06 Mar 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Manbir Singh [VrC], who was posted to a Base Repair Depot on 25th March, 1974, for Test flying duties has completed over one thousand hours of accident free flying on supersonic aircraft. On 6th March, 1975, while on final approach for landing in a supersonic aircraft after flight test sortie, his aircraft was struck by a bird on the front wind shield. He was momentarily blinded by the flying splinters hitting his face and visor. He quickly brought the aircraft under control and made a safe landing under very hazardous and difficult visibility conditions and saved the aircraft from further damage. In this action. Squadron Leader Manbir Singh display courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Cavas Kekashroo Panthaky 6890 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Cavas Kekhasroo Panthalty was placed in charge of a helicopter detachment for Flood Relief Operations in Patna area. He himself flew 60 sorties involving 2x hours of flying in a short period of 5 days and air dropped 16 tonnes of food supplies over the marooned houses. He inspired the other pilots by his personal example and this kept the much needed vital supply operations going. In these operations, Squadron Leader Cavas Kekhasroo Panthaky displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Kumarendra De 7415 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Kumarendra De has been the Flight Commander of an operational Squadron since 2nd April 1974. His Squadron has achieved the rare accident free record for the entire year 1974. He participated in Indo-Pak Conflicts in 1965 and 1971. He has now been flying supersonic for almost six years. Squadron Leader Kumarendra De has throughout displayed professional skill, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Owen Joseph D'Sena 7430 F(P)Unit : Tactics and Combat Development Establishment  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Owen Joseph D'Sena has been a member of an important operational unit since December, 1971. He is today one of the top fighter pilots on new aircraft and is an invaluable fighter combat instructor. He has been assigned with special and strenuous tasks of combat flying and xxx hours of mission analysis during the last three years and he ensured the successful and timely completion of the special flight trials and tasks entrusted to him. Squadron Leader Owen Joseph D'Sena has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Dinesh Chandra Bhargava 7851 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Bhargava has been serving as an Examiner for flight Engineers since April, 1969. Out of his total 2700 accident free hours, he has flown 1900 hours on examination duties. He has processed and evaluated various techniques for safe and proficient aircraft handling. Flight Lieutenant Dinesh Chandra Bhargava has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion toduty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Chittatore Doraiswami Chandrasekhar 8426 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Squadron Leader Chittatoor Doraiswamy Chandrasekhar was commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 18th April, 1964 and has been with an operational fighter squadron, since July, 1973. He has flown a total of over 2950 hours on fighter/trainer aircraft. His flying experience on supersonic aircraft amounts to approximately XXX hours. By his enthusiasm, keenness and methodical approach, He has contributed significantly in attaining and maintaining high standards of training in the Squadron. Squadron Leader Chittatoor Doraiswami Chandrasekhar has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Arun Devap Nayak 8946 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 09 Nov 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Arun Devap Nayak was authorised to carry out an instructional sortie with a pupil officer on 9th November 1974 in a trainer aircraft. At about 6300 ft above mean sea level, severe vibrations were felt. Flight Lieutenant Nayak immediately took over controls. He throttled back the engine and put the aircraft into a glide. At that instant the propellor flew off. During the process of gliding he reassessed the situation and taking into consideration the strong head winds realised that he would not be able to make the runway. He selected a field near the airfield and carried out a smooth and normal landing, without any further damage to the aircraft or injury to its occupants. It was due to his skillful approach in such a potentially dangerous situation that he was able to prevent a major mishap. In this action, Flight Lieutenant Arun Devap Nayak displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Ramashankar Lal Mehta 9614 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Ramshankar Lal Mehta was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in 1947 in the trade of Fitter Airframe. His exceptional ability and dedicated hard work carried recognition and he was commissioned in the Technical Branch in 1963. For the last eight years he has worked on supersonic aircraft. During the Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971 he maintained high standard of Squadron serviceability. He was able to pinpoint snags and rectify them in the shortest possible time, thereby keeping the aircraft flying and making considerable savings on spares. Flight Lieutenant Ramshankar Lal Mehta has throughout displayed professional competence, technical skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Harmandar Singh 9832 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 11 Sep 72 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Harmandar Singh has flown a total of 1000 hours in forward areas in less than three years. He has flown 2743 hours on helicopter aircraft without a single accident, mostly in difficult hilly terrain. On 11th September 1972. information was received that a Bell helicopter belonging to Indian Oil Corporation had crashed. Flight Lieutenant Harmandar Singh took off, in marginal weather conditions to locate and rescue the survivors. He located the crashed aircraft and rescued the lone survivor. Again on 20th August, ,1973 a helicopter of the unit had force landed near Bharatpur while on a casualty evacuation mission, On receipt of information he took off in adverse weather conditions and at great personal risk evacuated the casualty and saved his life. Flight Lieutenant Harmander Singh thus displayed great courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Sukhmandar Singh Sidhu 10117 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Sukhmander Singh Sidhu of a Helicopter Unit carried out 94 sorties involving 43 hours of flying from dawn to dusk during the five days of Flood Relief Operations in Patna area. He successfullv air dropped 25 tonnes of relief supplies during that short time over the marooned houses and thus saved many valuable lives. Prior to this he had carried out 21 hours of flying during the flood relief operations in Orissa. During these relief operations, Flight Lieutenant Sukmander Singh Sidhu displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Raghbir Singh Cheema 10926 F(N)Unit : No.106 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Lieutenant Raghbir Singh Cheema was posted to a Bomber Squadron in December, 1972. He has flown over 1350 hours. Most of the flying was undertaken from far flung bases and over difficult terrain. Within a period of three months in 1974. he covered most of the year's allotted task of the Squadron by putting in long hours of flying. Flight Lieutenant Raghbir Singh Cheema has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Maj Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan IAUnit : Army  Award Date 20 Oct 74 Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Major Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan was Officer Commanding of an Air Observation Post Flight from September, 1973 to October, 1974 when the Flight was being re-equipped with a new type of aircraft. Despite the pressures of instructional flying, involved in converting a number of pilots. he set an outstanding example of professionalism by upgrading his helicopter category /instructor rating from C/White to A/Master Green. He was detailed to undertake a communication-cum-reconnaissance sortie on 20th October 1974 when his aircraft suffered an engine failure, immediately after take off at a height of 300 feet above around level. He handled the aircraft skillfully but was killed in the subsequent forced landing. Major Chitoor Subramaniam Krishnan throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Harbhajan Singh 13598 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Master Warrant Officer Harbhajan Singh has been serving with an operational transport Squadron since March, 1972. He has to his credit a total of 8623 hours of which 3342 hours have been on operational sorties on various types of transport aircraft. During Indo-Pak conflict of 1971, he took part in operations both in Western and the Eastern Sectors and also in Para Drop Operation. Despite his advancing age of 52 years he has withstood the strains of transport flying in the hills cheerfully and with determination. Master Warrant Officer Harbhajan Singh had throughout displayed diligence, professional competence and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Sisir Kumar Chatterjee 19165 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Master Warrant Officer Sisir Kumar Chatterjee qualified as an Air Signaller in 1953. He has flown a total of 7444 hours of which 1517 hours were on operations. His professional competence is of the highest order and he has been holding 'A' category since 1956. He has been on deputation to a Defence Organisation since 1966 where he has taken an active role in the Research programmes and has displayed very high professional skill and devotion to duty. He has always volunteered for additional missions and extra commitments which has been an inspiration to his colleagues. Master Warrant Officer Sisir Kumar Chatterjee has throughout displayed professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sgt Sudharshan Lal Datta 400396 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 76
Details : Flight Serseant Sudarahan Lall Datta was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in December 1950. During his carreer, he has served on various types of aircraft mostly in operations squadrons. In May 1972, he was detailed to work as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer-in-charge, Central Repair and Servicing Section. From October 1973 he was detailed a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge Daily Service Section for undertaking the 25 hours scheduled servicing in addition to other operational commitments. During November, 1973 a verv large number of aircraft were required to meet the commitment of an exercise. He worked day and night with his men and met the commitment successfully. The Squadron went on an extraordinary detachment during March, 1974 for a period of about a month. During this detachment also Flight Sergeant Datta maintained a very high service ability record. Above all. he kept all the specialist vehicles in good running condition. Flight Sergeant Sudarshan Lall Datta has throughout displayed professional skill, organising ability, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Bakshi 5012 F(P)Unit : No.10 Squadron  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 76
Details :

Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Bakshi was a Flight Commander in a Fighter/Bomber Squadron from January, 1974. He took part in the 1971 operations and was awarded Vir Chakra in December, 1971, for gallantry in the Rajasthan Sector.

On the 4th March 1976, during a routine training flight he was confronted with a serious in-flight emergency involving failure of the starboard engine soon after take off, resulting in engine fire and jamming of rudder control. Wing Commander Bakshi reacted to the emergency in a cool manner, controlled the fire and brought the aircraft down to a safe height despite marginal control The engine casing had burst causing extensive Airframe damage. With remarkable presence of mind and professional skill, he landed the aircraft safely and avoided a serious accident. By this act, he not only saved aircraft but also brought back valuable evidence which would otherwise have been destroyed.

Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Bakshi thus displayed exemplary courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 26th February 1977 - No.21- Pres/77 dated 6th August 1976 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Bir Inder Singh 5040 F(P)Unit : No.24 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
Details :

Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh took over command of a fighter squadron in July 1974. He has flown over 4000 hours and has participated, with distinction, In the IndoPak Conflicts of 1965 and 1971. Due to his personal attention Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh has maintained an excellent flight safety record over the past two years. During the Inter-Squadron Gunnery Meet, 1975, his Squadron was the best Squadron in front­gun firing and bombing. When the squadron was required to operate a detachment of aircraft from a transport base, Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh undertook and executed this task effectively. Wing Commander Bir Inder Singh has displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Sudesh Chand Khullar 5605 F(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
Details :

Squadron Leader Sudesh Chand Khuller has been a member of a front-line jet fighter squadron since September, 1973. During this period, he has flown 464 hours. Being an experienced QFI, he was largely responsible for the training of young pilots with the result that the squadron now has a high proportion of operationally prepared pilots and the entire squadron holds current instrument ratings. During the tenure of Squadron Leader Sudesh Chand Khuller, the squadron operated five detachments and, every time, planned tasks were completed without untoward incident. Squadron Leader Khuller has so far flown 4000 hours on single­engined aircraft of which 1636 hours have been devoted to the training of ab­initio pilots.

Squadron Leader Sudesh Chand Khuller displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Shashi Daran Pannikar 6761 F(P)Unit : Paratrooper Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
Details :

Squadron Leader Shashi Dharan Panicker has been with the Paratroopers Training School as a Staff Instructor since June. 1971. He is presently holding a Master Green category on Packet aircraft with a Command examiners ticket. His professional competence is evident from the manner in which he has handled flight emergencies. On one such occasion on 31st December, 1974, while on a mission to airlift 20 passengers and 2000 Kgs of service load, he encountered a perilous situation of a runaway propeller during the crucial stages of the take off, which caused the aircraft to swerve violently, a few feet above the ground. Maintaining his composure and with his skill Squadron Leader Panicker brought the aircraft under control and warded off what might have been a serious accident. Squadron Leader Panicker is an instructor of considerable experience. He has flown 1450 instructional hours out of total flying record of 5350 hours.

Squadron Lender Shashi Dharan Panicker has displayed courage, professional competence and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Chetan Swaroop Kataria 7605 F(P)Unit : No.104 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
Details :

Squadron Leader Chetan Swaroop Kataria has been the Officer Commanding of a VIP Communication Helicopter Unit since May, 1974. He has a total of 3300 hours of accident free flying to his credit and has been responsible for the training of many new pilots and in improving the categorization state of his unit to a very high operational standard. He not only discharged his duties well out also undertook numerous mercy missions find flood relief operations in Punjab and Rajasthan in 1975. Because of his exceptional organizational ability, guidance find devoted supervision, the unit flew 3600 accident free hours within a period of 19 months. He successfully organised the development of a battery-operated portable refuelling rig for Chetak helicopter, on no cost basis, in his unit, which is a creditable achievement.

On 16th October 1975, Squadron Leader Kataria, while on a night training flight noticed that his helicopter had developed engine trouble due to material failure, with total loss of engine torque and heavy reduction in the rotor RPM. He faced the hazardous situation calmly and landed safely without any damage to the helicopter.

Squadron Leader Chetan Swaroop Kataria has displayed courage, high professional skill and devotion to duly of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Vijay Kumar Mohrotra 8441 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
Details :

Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Mohotra was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April, 1964. He has a total of 3010 hours of accident free flying to his credit of which 2218 are on helicopters. Since December, 1975, he has been commanding a Helicopter Unit. On 23rd May, 1976, Squadron Leader Mohotra undertook the evacuation of a seriously injured mountaineer from the Trishul Base Camp located at a height of 15,300 feet. The helipad constructed there by the team of mountaineers was totally unsuitable for the safe landing of helicopter. Realising the urgency of the mission, Squadron Leader Mohotra carried out a detailed reconnaissance of the area and expertly decided that a landing could be carried out if one of the camp tents was removed and the area made available for the landing. This was indicated to the mountaineers and the tent was removed. Thereafter, Squadron Leader Mohotra landed his helicopter safely and carried out the assigned task.

On 26th May, 1976, after having completed a long and arduous sortie, Squadron Leader Mohotra was once again called upon to carry out the evacuation of seriously injured civilians from a remote area in the close vicinity of the Northern Border. He set off immediately with two other helicopters to a helipad nearest to where the casualties were. In the meantime, as immediate medical assistance was indicated and helicopter rescue facilities were not expected, the casualties were being moved by stretcher-bearers along a difficult and narrow mountain path. Realising the urgency to evacuate the casualties to bet ter equipped hospital, Squadron Lender Mohotra immediately set about organize rescue operations of injured on the move. He landed his helicopter in turbulent and gusty weather conditions in a boulder strewn tiny river bed. His outstanding performance in this operation inspired his formation pilots.

Throughout Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Mohotra displayed courage, flying skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Bhanwar Singh Rathore 8687 F(P)Unit : AirHQ Communications Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 77
Details :

Squadron Leader Bhanwar Singh Rathore was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in August, 1964. He has an Impressive total of 5600 flying hours, flying as many as 650 hours in one year alone. During his present tenure with the Air Headquarters Communication Squadron, he has flown 2000 hours, mostly on VIP tasks. He holds the highest category and Instrument Rating on HS-748 aircraft. He has had three engine failures on Devon aircraft. In all the three cases, squadron Lender Rathore executed a safe landing with admirable courage and flying skill. During the 1971 operations Squadron Leader Rathore flew day and night to supply troops in the Eastern Sector. He put in 200 flying hours, making a significant contribution to the war effort

Squadron Leader Bhanwar Singh Rathore displayed courage, high professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 27th May 1978 - No.29- Pres/78 dated 26th January 1977 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Surjit Singh Malhotra 4831 F(P)Unit : AirHQ Communications Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 78
Details :

Group Captain Surjit Singh Malhotra was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1954. He has been serving as the Commanding Officer of Air Headquarters Communication Squadron since March, 1976. During the very first year of his command, he brought about appreciable improvements in all round performance and efficiency of the Squadron. The Squadron flew a total of 5,292 accident­free hours maintaining a high state of serviceability. He also ensured that the aircrew training was vigorously progressed. This enabled the Squadron to achieve hundredpercent aircrew categorisation and remain fully operational. Under his able guidance, the Squadron also completed its tasks connected with the transportation of dignitaries and undertook all the transport support missions assigned to it. Group Captain Malhotra has over 7,300 hours of unblemished accidentfree service flying to his credit. He has flown six types of operational aircraft and has held highest transport category 'A' on no less than four types. At present, he holds 'A' category on two types of aircraft in current use. This is commendable achievement particularly when he has been on ground tenure for nearly seven years during his service.

Group Captain Surjit Singh Malhotra has thus displayed high professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Daya Krishan Dhiman 5180 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 78
Details :

Wing Commander Daya Krishan Dhiman was serving as Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron. While on duty as flying supervisor in the Air Traffic Control, he was called upon to assist an aircraft Pilot who was involved in a grave situation of loss of power controls and all hydraulic services, failure of both generators with impending total loss of electric supply and loss of speed control due to throttle being stuck at 98% RPM. It was a unique and challenging situation and to avoid a serious accident, it was necessary to land the aircraft immediately. The advice tendered by Wing Cdr Dhiman to the pilot of the aircraft at that moment, which enabled the latter to accomplish safe recovery of the aircraft, is a proof of his sound professional competence. This also subsequently led to the discovery of the cause of the aircraft failure. As Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Dhiman raised by his hard work, the operational potential of the unit both on the ground and the air. Although his unit is equipped with old aircraft with enormous maintenance and operational problems, he overcame all the handicaps and enabled his unit to achieve outstanding operational training standards.

Wing Commander Daya Krishan Dhiman has thus displayed professional competence, leadership and devotion lo duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy 6338 F(P)Unit : Tactics and Combat Development Establishment  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 78
Details :

Wing Commander Srinivaspuram Krishna swamy served in Tactical and Air Combat Development Establishment for one year. During this period, he performed the duties of a Flight Commander and a staff pilot and conducted Fighter Combat Leaders' course. As Flight Commander, he carried out the difficult tusk of running the Daily Servicing Section, often working round the clock with a view to ensuring a high standard of performance. He used his professional knowledge as a test pilot to guide airmen/ technicians working under him and motivate them, by personal example, to work hard. It was because of his deep involvement with the maintenance activities of the Daily Servicing Section and also the Repair and Servicing Section, that the establishment was able to meet its commitments. In the air also, he was able to assist in the wide range of complicated operational flying tasks of the establishment. His contribution has not been confined to this establishment alone, he has often been called upon to carry out special test flights on such aircraft as had developed peculiar snags and were unsafe for flying even by experienced Squadron Pilots. Despite the hazards involved in such flights and considering that he is not employed on test flying duties, he has always accepted these commitments willingly and executed the flights ensuring maximum safe by both to the pilot and the aircraft. Because of his deep knowledge, he was asked to give special lectures on aerodynamics to all pilots, even at other bases and thus promoted among them a higher consciousness of flight safety.

Wing Commander Srinivaspuram Krishnaswamy has thus displayed high professional skill, competence and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Ajai Kumar Singh 6336 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 78
Details :

Squadron Leader Ajai Kumar Singh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1961. He qualified as flying instructor in 1965 and carried out this onerous task with distinction. Because of his flying skill and professional knowledge he was appointed Station Instrument Rating Instructor in 1966. He distinguished himself in his instructional tenure by qualifying for 'A' category in 1967. He subsequently served with distinction on the staff of Flying Instructors' School and at an operational aircraft conversion unit. He has to his credit a record of 3,500 hours of accident-free flying hours. On completion of his Defence Services Staff College Course with distinction, he was selected for assignment in the Directorate of Air Staff Requirements at Air Headquarters. During the tenure, he was called upon to prepare Air Staff requirements for combat aircraft and major systems and carry out subjective analysis and assessment of contemporary weapon system being considered for induction in the Indian Air Force. In addition, he was assigned special concept ional time-bound tasks, which were successfully accomplished by him. He also maintained tactful and effective liaison with various agencies in the Research and Development Organisation and the Aircraft Industry which has helped the Air Force in finalizing major acquisitions and indigenous schemes.

Squadron Leader Ajai Kumar Singh has thus displayed professional competence, diligence and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978 

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