Vayu Sena Medal Awardee List


A total of 1329 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal : 1329 |
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Kambiranda Muthanna Ponnappa 4503 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Kambiranda Muthanna Ponnappa has been operating with transport units in J & K area since 1955, and has flown a total of about 700 operational hours in this area. He was one of the pilots who flew out heavy and cumbersome engineer stores and vehicles to the forward areas. He carried out 25 such missions successfully. As these loads were not capable of ejection in the air, each landing sortie was fraught with grave danger. He also carried out about 250 supply dropping sorties in that area.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Ponnappa has displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt John Albert Ratnam Balraj 4575 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant John Albert Ratnam Balraj was operating in a Fighter Reconnaissance Squadron in NEFA and NHTA area during 1961/62. He established a highly commendable fighter reconnaissance and ground attack record in operation "Raji" in spite of LMG fire from Naga hostiles. He also spotted two hostile Naga camps in that area and acted as the pathfinder aircraft.

Besides his 45 sorties in operation "Raji", he did 28 sorties in NEFA sector on reconnaissance missions. In another operation he carried out two vital reconnaissance missions around Dhola post.

Flight Lieutenant Balraj displayed courage, leadership and determination in the discharge of his duties.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Thomas Cyril Martins 4610 GD(P)Unit : No.49 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Martins was serving with a transport squadron operating in NEFA. During the different phases of the battle of Walong, the vital supplies required by the piquets and retreating columns had to be supplied by airdrops. Flight Lieutenant Martins carried out numerous sorties over hazardous and unmapped areas for this purpose. In spite of the danger of anti-aircraft fire from the encircling Chinese troops, he always volunteered to undertake these missions, in complete disregard of his personal safety.

Flight Lieutenant Martins displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Austin Lester Mendanha 4710 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date 28 Oct 62 Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Austin Lester Mendanha has been operating with a transport squadron in Jammu & Kashmir area since July 1959. He has carried out about 1400 hours of operational flying on supply-dropping and transport operations. He has also carried out proving flights to our most difficult and advance landing grounds in this area.

On the 28th October, 1962, when the weather was very bad and it was snowing all around Saserbarangazer area, Flt Lt Mendanha in complete disregard of his personal safety, successfully carried out airdrops of vital supplies to our forward posts. Flying as many as 100 hours in a month.,

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Mendanha has displayed courage, devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Pradiman Kishen Kaul 4716 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details : Flt Lt Kaul has been engaged in air transport operations in Jammu and Kashmir area since 1957. He has done more than 1000 hours of operational flying over this area and over 200 hours of transport operations flying in NEFA. He is one of the pilots who carried out about 150 sorties, airlifting heavy engineer stores to the forward area in all supply-dropping sorties, he displayed precision of a high order. During the recenct Chinese aggression on our borders, he carried out a number of dangerous reconnaissance missions and landing sorties to forward landing grounds. Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Kaul displayed determination, professional skill and courage of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Priya Dev Khaura 5014 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Priya Dev Kaura was on his second operational tour in Ladakh are,a after having completed the first one in NEFA. Out of a total of about 1400 hours on air transport operations, he had flown about 1200 hours in Ladakh area. In spite of the hazards of flying over difficult and mountainous terrain, and the fact that the aircraft were being operated to the maximum limits, he always volunteered for these difficult operational missions allotted to his Squadron. During the recent Chinese attack on our northern borders, he flew more than 110 hours in one month.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Kaura set a fine example of courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Umesh Kumar Ahuja 5069 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Umesh Kumar Ahuja has been on his fourth operational tour since April 1961, in Jammu and Kahsmir area. In addition to about 70 hours of flying in NEFA area, he has flown about 1300 hours on air transport operations in Ladakh area. During the recent Chinese attack on our northern borders, he flew more than 100 hours in a month. By hard work and skilful handling of his aircraft, he has inspired his colleagues and thus contributed to the high standard of operational efficiency of his unit.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Ahula displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Verinder Puri 5199 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date 20 Oct 62 Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Verinder Puri has been serving in Jammu and Kashmir area since March, 1960, and has so far carried out more than 1000 hours of operational flying in Ladakh including more than 100 hours of operational flying in one month. On 20th October 1962, in the face of extremely bad and turbulent weather conditions near Saserbarangazer, he successfully airdropped essential stores over one of the most difficult dropping zones in this area.

Flight Lieutenant Puri has displayed determination, courage and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Nannakal Narayanan Amrithalingam 5413 SIGUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Oct 62 Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Nanakkal Narayanan Amrithalingam has been operating as Signals Leader in one of our transport squadrons in J & K area since 1959. He has flown a total of about 1300 operational hours in this area. Undeterred by the hazards involved in the mountainous terrain, he has always volunteered for any difficult mission assigned to his squadron. With his professional ability and enthusiasm, he succeeded in raising the standard of communication in his Squadron to a high degree of efficiency.

On 26th October, 1962, while on a vital supply-dropping mission. The wireless sets in his aircraft became faulty and communications with the control center became impossible. Realizing the importance of his mission, he got down to the rectification of the defects and succeeded in re-establishing communication with the base. But for his presence of mind, the mission might have had to be abandoned and the airlift of the vital supplies to the forward dropping zone would have been delayed.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Amrithalingam displayed professional skill, courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Harpal Singh Bedi 5595 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Flying Officer Harpal Singh Bedi has been operating with a transport Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir area since 1959. Though relatively junior in service, he has to his credit about 1100 hours of operational flying. During the operations occasioned by the recent Chinese aggression on our northern borders, he flew as many as 100 hours in one month on air transport operations.

Flying Officer Bedi carried out all tasks assigned to him efficiently and displayed professional skill, courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Kaur Singh Gill 45918 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Warrant Officer Kaur Singh Gill [Signaller (Air)] has been operating as a senior Signaller (Air) in a heavy transport squadron since 1955 in NEFA and Jammu and Kashmir areas. During the Chinese invasion of Ladakh, he carried out sustained and regular operational flying of seven to eight hours a day and undertook many difficult missions to forward landing grounds and dropping zones in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. In complete disregard of his personal safety, he always volunteered for difficult and dangerous missions.

Throughout, Warrant Officer Gill ahs displayed courage and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Rachpal Singh 200828 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Warrant Officer Rachpal Singh [Flt Gunner] has served in Jammu and Kashmir area with a transport Squadron as a Flight Engineer Leader. He has managed his section so commendably that in spite of shortage of manpower, no aircraft has had to be grounded. He always volunteered to fly whenever a flight engineer was needed. During the operations occasioned by the Chinese aggression on our northern border, he flew seven to eight hours a day in aircraft engaged in supply - dropping operations over difficult advanced landing grounds and dropping zones. He was a source of inspiration to other aircrew.

Warrant Officer Rachpal Singh showed professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Surat Singh Yadav 201358 ORUnit : Aircrew Examination Board  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Warrant Officer Surat Singh Yadav [Flt Engineer] has been operating as a Flight Engineer Leader of a heavy transport Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir area. After the declaration of the emergency, he sometimes flew as many as seven hours a day and completed ten landing sorties at Daulet Beg Oldi, in addition to several other missions which carried him over dropping zones in areas under enemy attack. Being a very experienced fitter in the Jet modified Packet aircraft, he was always in great demand for such assignments. On more than one occasion, with his exceptional professional knowledge, he was able to rectify defects while in the air.

Warrant Officer Surat Singh Yadav always volunteered for difficult missions nad thus set a fine example of dedication to duty, courage and enthusiasm to his men.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Jagannath Banerjee 300067 ORUnit : 3 Wing  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 64
Details :

Warrant Officer Jagannath Banerjee [Signaller (Air)] has been operating in NEFA, NHTA and Jammu and Kashmir areas for a long period. During the Chinese invasion of Ladakh, he worked fourteen hours a day, including six to eight hours of flying. He undertook several missions to forward landing grounds under enemy attack. In complete disregard of his personal safety, he always volunteered for hazardous missions and set a fine example to his colleagues and was source of inspiration ot them. Throughout, Warrant Officer Jagannath Banerjee displayed courage and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India 1st February 1964 - No.20 - Pres/64 dated 26th January 1964. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Bhopendra Singh 3025 GD(P)Unit : No.23 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Wg Cdr Bhopindra Singh, an experienced test pilot, is now in command of a Jet Fighter Squadron. He was entrusted with the complicated and exacting task of high altitude trials on the Gnat airraft. The task was hazardous in the absence of suitable data on which the bhaviour of the aircraft could be pre-assessed at high altitudes. Despite this handicap, Wg Cdr Singh, wih courage and professional skill, carried out the trials from one of the highest airfields located in treacherous mountainous terrain. The data collected as a result of the trials will have far reaching effect on the concept and future conduct of Fighter operations in the western sector. The operation of a Jet fighter from an airfield at a high altitude in Ladakh is a land mark in the history of the Indian Air Force. Wg Cdr Bhupinder Singh displayed courage and a high degree of prefessional skill in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Ashateeta Chakravarti 3662 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Sqn Ldr Chakravarti has been engaged in transport support operations in Jammu and Kashmir area since August 1961. He has flown a total of 6018 hours including about 1023 hours on operations. He has been associated with trial landings on a number of advance landing grounds, and was the first to land at one of the highest airfields in the world. With his intimate knowledge of difficult terrain, he has imparted flying instructions to a number of junior pilots in forward areas. Throughout the operational flights, Sqn Ldr Ashateeta Chakravarti displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Gurdip Singh 3944 GD(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 21 Oct 62 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Sqn Ldr Gurdip Singh is the Filght Commander of a Transport Unit in Ladakh. After the declaration of emergency, in addition to his administrative responsibilties, he undertook a large number of hazardous sorties personally, before entrusting them to the pilots under his command. So far he has done over 4000 hours of lfying, of which 1200 hours were flown in forward areas. He has also carried out several supplly missions on advance landing grounds. Sqn Ldr Gurdip Singh was among the experienced pilots who airlifted tanks to Chushul and Leh in 1962-63. Recemtly , when an aircraft was held up at Leh due to engine trouble, he retrieved it from that area. He also acted as the Training Officer of his squadron and achieved remarkable success. Throughout, Sqn Ldr Gurdip Singh displayed a high standard of professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Rathinder Kumar Basu 3968 GD(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Squadron Leader Basu has been a Flight Commander of a Heavy Transport Squadron in the Jammu and Kashmir area since April 1961. He has carried out a total of about 4,900 hours of flying, of which over 1400 hours have been on operational flights. He has also carried out more than 300 operational supply missions and has to his credit 200 landings on advance landing grounds like Leh and Chushul. Squadron Leader Basu was entrusted with the task of training and familiarising the new pilots of his unit with operations in the forward areas, and with perseverance and high professional skill successfully completed it. He is always eager to lead id the most difficult and vital missions, and thus sets a fine example to his subordinates. Squadron Leader Rathindra Kumar Basu displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Krishnaswamy Subramaniam 4213 GD(N)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Squadron Leader KRISHNASWAMY SUBRAMANIAN is a Navigation leader of a Heavy Transport Squadron. He has a total of 4650 hours of flying, of which about 1143 hours have been on operational flights during the emergency. He trained junior navigators and volunteered for most of the hazardous sorties. On 2nd June, 1962, while Squadron Leader Subramanian was on a supply-dropping mission, a parachute developed inside the aircraft and it became difficult to maintain height. Coolly, he operated the transporters on emergency, and the whole load was ejected without any loss of time. The aircraft was then able to climb normally. In October 1962, his aircraft came under heavy ground fire from the Chinese. Undaunted he maintained his position and kept on relaying vital information to higher authorities, which a proved to be of great value to the Commanders. Throughout, Squadron Leader Krishnaswamy Subramanian displayed great devotion to duty, courage and professional skill which are in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Bhagat Singh Kalra 4492 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 21 Oct 62 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Squadron Leader Bhagat Singh Kaira was in command of a Helicopter detachment in NEFA during October-November 1962 and flew 300 operational sorties during this short period. On 21st October 1963, he averted a major disaster by making a quick and correct appreciation oF a dangerous situation. Five helicopters were operating individually for conveying troops to a forward area. The GOC-in-C. Eastern Command was travelling in one of the helicopters. Enroute to the forward area. Flight Lieutenant Kalra was informed by the Captain of another aircraft that a large lire was raging in an Army post ahead. Noticing a great deal of unusual troop movement, he ordered all helicopters to return to base, and thus saved them as as well as their occupants, On 23rd October 1962, flying from dawn to dusk. Flight Lieutenant Kaira evacuated about 300 women and children from Tawang. On another occasion, he rescued two Air Force officers who had to crash land after their helicopter had been shot down by the Chinese. Throughout the operations Flight Lieutenant Bhagat Singh Kalra displayed a very high sense of duty and professional skill which are in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Purushottam Laxmikant Purohit 4581 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Flight Lieutenant Purohit has been engaged in air transport support operations in Jammu and Kashmir since 1957. He has done about 1000 hours of operational flying over this area. In April I962, when his Squadron was moved out from this area Flight Lieutenant Purohit volunteered for transfer to the incoming Squadron so as to extend to it the benefit of the experience gained by him. During his operational tour, he flew 160 missions carrying heavy loads to forward areas. He was always a source of inspiration to other aircrew. Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Purushottam Laxmikant Purohit displayed courage, initiative and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Amarjit Singh Sandhu 4705 GD(P)Unit : No.23 Squadron  Award Date 10 Mar 64 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : On 10th March 1964, Flt Lt Sandhu, while in formation of Gnat aircraft, experienced a flame out of engine followed by a total electrical failure rendering the tail plane inoperative. He was faced with the choice of either abandoning the aircraft and ejecting himself, or carrying out a 'deadstick' forced landing. Inspite of the failure of vital services, he chose the latter in order to save a valuable aircraft from destruction. This was the first time that a 'dead-stick' landing was carried out in a Gnat aircraft. Flt Lt Sandhu also made it possible for the technical staff to ascertain the defect leading to the flame-out of the engine which, if undetected might have caused serious accidents in the future.Flt Lt Amarjit Singh Sandhu displayed courage, high professional skill, and devotion to duty whicha re in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Trevor Joseph Keelor 4818 GD(P)Unit : No.23 Squadron  Award Date 05 Feb 64 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : On the 5th February 1964, Flt Lt Keelor was detailed to ferry a Gnat from Poona to Palam in a formation of five aircraft. The last part of the flight had to be undertaken at a height of 41,000 feet. While descending to land at Palam, he discovered , at a height of 15,000 feet that there was no response from the engine to the throttle movements. After informing the leader, Flt Lt Kellor immediately broke off the formation and attempted a landing at Palam, knowing fully well that previous attempts to force land a Gnat had resulted in fatal or serious injury to the pilot. With great presence of mind and careful handling, he accomplished the forced landing successfully without any damage to the aircraft. Flt Lt Trevor Kellor displayed courage, presence of mind and a high standard of professional skill in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Hilton Noel Byrne 5046 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Flight Lieutenant Byrne has been Flight Commander of a Helicopter Unit operating in NEFA since September 1962. He has flown more than 10(10 hours in less than 2 years in this area and has made about 750 landings at helipads in difficult mountainous terrain. He has fulfilled different assignments including conveying of troops and equipment) trial landings at new helipads and screening junior pilots in difficult and unfamiliar terrain and in adverse weather conditions. He has also carried out trials and assessed the operational capability of MI-4 Helicopter. This included troops assault, supply dropping, carrying of external loads and deplaning troops by ropes etc. Flight Lieutenant Hilton Noel Byrne has displayed courage, determination and a high degree of professional skill.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Rakesh Tandon 5391 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 16 May 64 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : As Flight Commander of a Helicopter Unit in NEFA, Flight Lieutenant Tandon has carried out over 900, landings in advance landing grounds / airfields and has flown over 1000 hours. On 16th May 1964, a helicopter, while attempting to land at a helipad, It got its front oleos bogged down on the ground as a result of which they got dangerously bent backwards. Realising the danger involved, the pilot abandoned the landing and flew back to the base. This information was passed on to Flight Lieutenant Tandon who was flying his own helicopter. He landed immediately, and proceeded to assess the damage on the helicopter which was instructed to hover low over the airfield. He organised a soft landing area by placing old tyres and barrels in such a manner as to give support to the aircraft when it landed. Thereupon, he instructed the hovering helicopter to lower the rope ladder by which he climbed into the damaged aircraft and took over control personally. He manoeuvred the helicopter and landed safely on the prepared spot thus saving the helicopter as well as its occupants. Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Tandon displayed initiative and a high degree of professional skill in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Mohan Dharamdas Lalvani 5658 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Flight Lieutenant Lalvani has been working since 1961 as a Flight Commander with a Helicopter Squadron operating Ladakh. He has a commendable record of about 1000 landings at helipads located in difficult mountainous areas. During the Chinese aggression on the northern borders in October-November 1962, he undertook a large number of difficult assignments. In addition to his duties as Flight Commander, he had to undertake training of junior pilots who were not conversant with the terrain and had no operational experience. He assisted the Squadron Commander in planning and executing the tasks allotted to his. unit. Throughout Flight Lieutenant Mohan Dharamdas Lalvani displayed high professional skill, courage and devotion to duty.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Jagbir Singh Rai 6507 GD(P)Unit : No.59 Squadron  Award Date 29 Feb 64 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Flying Officer Jagbir Singh Rai has been serving with a Logistic Support Squadron in NEFA. He has carried out nearly 600 operational sorties and has made nearly .500 landings in forward airfield/advance landing grounds. On 29th February 1964, Flying Officer Rai was on an operational mission flying from Dinjan to Tilling in NEFA. When the aircraft came over a river valley surrounded by high mountains and snow covered peaks, he heard a loud noise in the engine and experienced a sudden loss of power. Realising that there was no suitable area for a forced landing. Flying Officer Rai immediately turned back towards the nearest airfield at Pasighat. When he was about 10 miles from there, his engine caught fire, and thick smoke and oil covered the entire windscreen and obscured his view. Though nearly chocked by smoke he tried lo control the fire. Ultimately he crash-landed in a small river bed, sustaining severe injuries to his legs and arms. He extricated himself from the wreckage, crawled to a pool of water nearby and stayed there till he was rescued. Flying Officer Jagbir Singh Rai displayed courage and professional skill of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
MWO Sig Puthyadth Nanu 14491 ORUnit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Master Warrant Officer Puthyadth Nanu [Signaller (Air).] has been serving as Deputy Signals Leader with a Heavy Transport Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir area since 1961. Earlier, he did two tours in Jammu and Kashmir and four tours with the Squadron operating in NEFA and Naga Hills. After the declaration of emergency, he volunteered for most of the difficult sorties. He has flown a total of nearly 6400 hours including about 26OOO on operations. By virtue of his operational experience and intimate knowledge of the terrain, he contributed a great deal in fulfilling the tasks allotted to his unit. In addition to assisting the Signals Leader in training junior signallers) he often rendered valuable advice to the Squadron Commander in planning and executing the operations. His personal example was a source of inspiration to other Signallers. Master Warrant Officer Puthyadth Nanu has displayed courage, devotion to duty and a high standard of professional skill in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Force.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WT Sig Krishnagiri Venugopal Kanan 47007 ORUnit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 04 Mar 63 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Warrant Signaller Kannan [Signaller (Air).] has been working with a HeavyTransport Squadron operating in Jammu and Kashmir area since 1961. He has done a total of over 3000 hours of flying, nearly half of it in forward areas. On 11th September 1961, landing at Chushul, the nose wheel of his aircraft sheared off. With commendable presence of mind he switched off the generators, alternators and the master battery switch in order to prevent electrical fire. He jumped out of the aircraft with a fire extinguisher and looked round for any hot point caused by friction. He stood by till the entire crew got out of the aircraft, and thft ground crew took over charge. On 4th March 1963, while on a supply-dropping mission in Ladakh one of the elevator cables snapped. Only part of the total could be dropped : the remainder was stuck on the transporter and this prevented the cargo doors from closing. Warrant Signaller Kannan immediately went to (lie rear of the aircraft to supervise in the discharge of the cargo by the ejection crew. Since two of them were affected by lack of oxygen and had become unconscious, he himself got down to eject the load and close the cargo doors. Although exhausted, he carried the election crew to the pressurised cabin where oxygen was administered to them. Throughout, warrant Signaller Krishnagiri Venugopal Kannan displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Chacko Joseph 47055 ORUnit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 20 Oct 62 Announced 01 Jan 65
Details : Warrant Officer Joseph [Flight Gunner] has been serving with a Heavy Transport Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir area since 1961. So far he has flown a total of 3500 hours including nearly 1600 hours on operations in Ladakh area. In addition to bis duties as a Gunnery leader, he successfully trained junior gunners and familiarised them with the operational role of the unit. On 20th October, 1962, while operating on the northern borders, Warrant Officer Joseph's aircraft came under heavy ground fire from the Chinese. With cool courage and professional skill, he located the gun position on the ground and warned not only his Captain, but also other aircraft operating in the area at that time. This information was relayed to the authorities at base. His prompt action saved the other aircraft from possible damage. Warrant Officer Chacko Joseph displayed a high degree of professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.
Reference: Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Patrick Russell Earle 3965 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

On 10th September, 1965, a formation of Mystere aircraft took off for an operational mission on the western border. When the formation reached the target area, a large numbers of enemy tanks were spotted and intensive barrage of anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Despite a concentrated barrage and against heavy odds, Squadron Leader Patrick Russel Earle led the formation to engage the enemy. When two aircraft of the formation had to abandon the attack because they were too close to turn in, Squadron Leader Earle and his No. 2 orbited at low height to provide cover for the second attack. While doing so, Squadron Leader Earle's aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and there was a hole of about 4 in diameter in the center of the fuselage. The aircraft caught fire and the hole enlarged to about 12 in diameter. Despite this, Squadron Leader Earle did not bale out but brought back the aircraft to base safely, with the fire warning light on all the time.

Squadron Leader Patrick Russel Earle displayed courage and professional skill.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Arvind Dalaya 4025 GD(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Squadron Leader Arvind Dalaya has been commanding a Helicopter Unit operating in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh area since December, 1963. He was given the task of forming a new unit, with only a couple of trained aircrew and technicians. He also had to undertake major commitments in the area, since his was the only Helicopter Unit there. He successfully completed all the commitments assigned to him and also raised the operational standard of the unit.

In June, 1964, he was asked to evacuate casualties among members of Nanda Devi expedition. He personally flew the helicopter and successfully evacuated the casualties.

In June, 1965, when one of the helicopters of his unit had force-landed at a height of 15,000ft. in the Karakoram mountains, he led a team of technicians to the scene of accident and retrieved the damaged helicopter after changing its engine.

During the recent operations against Pakistan in Sialkot sector, he led sorties in the forward areas to bring back our Army battle casualties in spite of enemy aircraft activities in the vicinity. Squadron Leader Arvind Dalaya has set a fine example of leadership and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Bhagat Singh Bakshi 4597 GD(P)Unit : No.107 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Squadron Leader Bhagat Singh Bakhshi took over as officer in charge of a helicopter detachment drawn from three units. The detachment carried out 567 sorties and flew 433 hours within a period of thirty six days from 18th August, 1965 to 22nd September, 1965.

The aircraft operated immediately behind the lines carrying out supply-dropping, bombing and strafing. They evacuated eight hundred and thirty two casualties. They dropped a large number of bombs and fired many rounds of ammunition and conveyed large quantities of ammunition and supplies. This was a vital help to our advancing forces to sustain the newly captured picquets in Jammu and Kashmir.

On 31st August, 1965, Squadron Leader Bakhshi carried out three offensive sorties against the infiltrators, flying at low-levels while attacking the targets. He also carried out thirty logistic sorties and thirteen sorties to evacuate the casualties from quickly fabricated helipads within the range of enemy fire. These sorties were flown from an airfield which was under constant threat of enemy air raid without any warning. Undeterred by such grave dangers, the officer accomplished his difficulty tasks with great determination and zeal and displayed a high degree of professional skill and ability which were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Kailash Chandra Khanna 4722 GD(P)Unit : No.18 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

On 10th September, 1965, Squadron Leader Kailash Chander Khanna took off from Halwara as No. 4 in a formation of four Gnat aircraft to provide air cover to two Canberra sections on a bombing mission in enemy territory. All went according to plan and first Canberra was escorted to its target in the Kasur area and brought back safely. A rendezvous with the second section was made the four Gnats again proceeded to the target area.

As the two Canberra dropped their bombs, two enemy aircraft were reported. Just then Squadron Leader Khanna noticed that there was malfunction in the fuel system and his low level fuel warning light indicated that, at the height and speed, at which he was flying, he had little over 3 minutes fuel in the aircraft. The nearest landing ground was nearly eighty miles away.

Not wishing to divide the formation leader's attention between protection of Canberra and his own emergency, Squadron Leader Khanna decided not to inform the leader of his plight. Only when the Canberras had been escorted to the safety of own territory did Squadron Leader Khanna call out his emergency.

He then took a timely and bold decision to gain altitude and switch off the engine to conserve the remaining fuel. Thereafter, he glided towards Halwara and re-lighted the engine of circuit. As he was turning finals to land, his engine flamed out for lack of fuel but he carried out a successful landing.

Squadron Leader Kailash Chander Khanna displayed a sense of duty and discipline which were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Wishnu Mitter Sondhi 5705 GD(P)Unit : No.220 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

In September, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Wishnu Mitter Sondhi was sub-section leader in the second formation of Vampires that struck the enemy in the armour in Chhamb Sector. Fully aware that the first section was jumped by an enemy F-86 formation, he kept a sharp look out for the enemy aircraft even when attacking the enemy armour with rockets. Undaunted by the presence of the enemy aircraft of superior performance, he delivered his rockets against the enemy tanks. He sighted a formation of F-86 and registered several hits on it. Meanwhile his wingman warned him of other F-86s closing in astern and Flight Lieutenant Wishnu Mitter Sondhi had to break off to avoid being hit. His wingman was shot down and he alone of his section fought his way back to base. His cool courage and flying skills were in the best traditions of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt John Leo Dwettz 5707 GD(P)Unit : No.111 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
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During the operation against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant John Leo Dweltz, Flight Commander of a Helicopter Unit, flew twenty five offensive, thirty six logistic, twelve casualty evacuation and four reconnaissance sorties within a period of thirty six days. He operated from improvised helipads in difficult terrain with utter disregard to his personal safety. By casualty evacuation, he saved many valuable lives. His supply dropping missions helped to maintain newly occupied picquets. He continued to operate form helipads within the enemy's shelling range and under constant threat of enemy air raids on his airfield without warning.

On 11th September, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Dweltz was detailed to attack a strong hold of infiltrators at Raman Nallah. While he was bombing and strafing the enemy bunkers in a narrow valley, the infiltrators started firing at his aircraft with small arm fire. Undeterred by the enemy fire, he carried out his mission with determination.

On 15th September, 1965, the army report ed strong enemy pressure on some of our posts in Tithwal area and wanted the Air Force to destroy a rope bridge over the Kishan Ganga. The bridge ran through a narrow valley and the area was occupied by Pakistani infiltrators. Flight Lieutenant Dweltz made three runs over the bridge and dropped forty eight bombs on the target. He set fire to both ends of the bridge and caused damage to its center portion, thus severing the lines of communication of the enemy and relieving pressure on the picquets.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Amerjit Singh Gill 6147 GD(P)Unit : No.23 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
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Flying Officer Amarjit Singh Gill was one of a small number of pilots who were sent into Chhamb sector to provide air cover to our troops and establish air superiority. Unmindful of personal safety, he flew repeated missions in the area and engaged the enemy on a number of occasions. On 3rd September, 1965, he was engaged by Pakistani Sabres and a F-104, which fired air-to-air missiles.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Subhash Madanmohan Hundiwala 6351 GD(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Subhash Madanmohan Hundiwala has been a helicopter pilot in Ladakh since November, 1963. Since then he has flown 430 hours on operational sorties in that area. In spite of hazards of flying over difficult and mountainous terrain of Ladakh, he has always volunteered for difficult missions allotted to the unit.

On 18th May, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Hundiwala undertook four sorties in adverse weather conditions to evacuate Army casualties from Kargil.

On 28th May, 1965, while on a sortie to evacuate a serious casualty from a place in the Karakoram ranges, he experienced an engine flame out of the engine; yet skillfully handling the helicopter, he successfully carried out a force landing on a helipad located at a height of 15,000 feet. Throughout the tenure of his duties in Ladakh, this officer has carried out difficult missions assigned to him and has displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty which are in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Lalit Kumar Datta 6506 GD(P)Unit : No.111 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Lalit Kumar Dutta, a senior pilot of a Helicopter Unit, carried out eighty one sorties and flew fifty seven hours under very adverse conditions and from quickly improvised helipads, just behind our advancing troops and within the range of enemy's small arms fire.

At a great personal risk, Flight Lieutenant Lalit Kumar Dutta carried out eighteen offensive sorties, bombing and straffing strongholds of infiltrators effectively. He flew twenty five sorties evacuating sick and wounded soldiers, thus many saving valuable lives. He also flew thirty sorties to convey ammunition and essential supplies for sustaining the forward picquets. He operated from an airfield which was under constant threat of enemy air raids without warning.

Flight Lieutenant Lalit Kumar Dutta has displayed a great sense of responsibility, courage and devotion to duty which are in the best tradition of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Ranjit Kumar Malhotra 6513 GD(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Ranjit Kumar Malhotra has been flying Aloutte III Helicopters in Ladakh since June 1964 and has flown about 400 hours in Ladakh and other areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Despite difficult and mountainous terrain he has always volunteered for difficult operational missions and set a fine example to his colleagues.

In May and June, 1965, in adverse weather conditions, he undertook twelve sorties to Kargil for the purpose of evacuating army casualties. Again on 14th August, 1965, he undertook two sorties to evacuate army battle casualties from Naugam in Srinagar valley. During these sorties, he had to land at a place which was encircled by Pakistani infiltrators. They fired at him after he had landed; but with cool courage and presence of mind, he successfully evacuated the casualties from the encircled area. The courage and devotion displayed by him were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Chuhar Singh Kanwar 6532 GD(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Chuhar Singh Kanwar, a senior pilot of a Helicopter Unit, carried out fifteen offensive sorties against the infiltrators which were very effective and of immense help to the troops engaged in the mopping up operations. He carried out forty five logistic sorties and twenty casualty evacuation sorties in a period of thirty six days. He operated from quickly fabricated helipads, right behind the line of actual control and carried out four trial landings at these helipads. By evacuating casualties from the most forward areas, he saved many valuable lives. His supply missions were a life line for the troops fighting in difficult terrain. He operated from an airfield which was under constant threat of enemy air raids without warning.

On 13th September, 1965, during an air raid, a helicopter was badly damaged. The engineering staff carried out some repairs; but there were a number of navigational and functional limitations. Flight Lieutenant Kanwar volunteered to air test the aircraft and finally ferried it to a safer airfield and saved it from further damage from enemy action.

On 22nd September, 1965, when Flight Lieutenant Kanwar landed at an improvised helipad with ammunition and essential supplies, the enemy started shelling the helipad. The officer unloaded the supplies undaunted by enemy shelling. With courage and presence of mind he took off quickly and brought the aircraft and aircrew safely to base.

Flight Lieutenant Chuhar Singh Kanwar displayed flying skill and devotion to duty of a very high order which were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Dilip Kamalakar Parulkar 7227 GD(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

Soon after commencement of operations against Pakistan, Flying Officer Dilip Kamalakar Parulkar volunteered for operational duties and was attached to a fighter squadron. On his first mission, where he reached the target area, he met very heavy ground fire. With complete disregard to his personal safety, he went in to attack the ground target. During this attack, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and a bullet pierced the aircraft and injured his right shoulder. He informed the leader that his right arm has been disabled and that he was dropping out of disengagement. The leader advised him to eject himself if he found difficult to fly than lose his valuable life. He flew it back to base with his left hand and landed and made a successful landing.

Flying Officer Dilip Kamalakar Parulkar showed commendable courage, skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Premananda Goswami Aux 30082 GD(P)Unit : No.111 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 01 Jan 66
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Premananda Goswami, Flight Commander of a Helicopter Unit, flew seventy sorties in a period of thirty six days and completed sixty one hours of flying. He flew twelve casualty evacuation sorties from quickly improvised helipads, just behind our advancing troops and within the range of enemy shells. The hilly terrain was very difficult and treacherous for helicopter operations. Undeterred by these difficulties and dangers, he carried out his mercy missions and saved many valuable lives. He also undertook sixty logistic sorties supplying and dropping ammunition and rations to forward posts at great personal risk. He operated from an airfield which was under constant threat of enemy air raids without warning.

On 22nd September, 1965, he landed at an improvised helipad with ammunition and supplies to sustain the picquet. The enemy started shelling the post. With courage and presence of mind, he took off while the other aircraft was still unloading. Disregarding his own safely, he circled near the enemy positions to divert the fire and attention of the enemy to his own aircraft, in order to give time to the other aircraft to unload its cargo and save it from destruction.

Flight Lieutenant Premananda Goswami displayed courage, determination and comradeship which were in the best tradition of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Dilbagh Singh 2998 GD(P)Unit : No.28 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :

Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh took over command of the fighter Squadron of MIG-21 on its formation in March 1963, and in spite of the difficulties of a new unit, Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh achieved combat readiness and operational efficiency of his unit in the shortest possible time. In addition to the Squadron training he also had to undertake the training of the newly posted Pilots. Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh has to his credit 4400 hours of accident free flying on single-engined aircraft of which about 1000 hours are on jet fighters alone, which is a very creditable achievement. By his exceptional skill, zeal and enthusiasm, Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh converted his unit in a well-knit team of officers and airmen. Wing Commander Dilbagh Singh displayed commendable professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ranjit Dhawan 4572 GD(P)Unit : No.2 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Squadron Leader Ranjit Dhawan was the flight commander of an operational squadron. He was also responsible for a group of 25 Gnat aircraft based at his station and had to look after the necessary coordination between the engineering and the operational personnel. He carried out a total of 44 operational missions in Gnat aircraft. He also was required to plan and coordinate the flying effort of all the aircraft under his command. Thanks to his leadership and planning, the Gnats were able to give a good account of themselves against Pakistani aircraft of superior performance. Although he himself did not shoot down any enemy aircraft, other operational pilots achieved success under his guidance and leadership. His cheerful disposition, zeal and keenness to hunt the enemy in the sky inspired the other pilots and the Ground crew under him to put in their best efforts in the operations.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Satyendra Pal Tyagi 4757 GD(P)Unit : Air Force Flying College  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan, Squadron Leader Satyendra Pal Tyagi, Flight Commander of an operational squadron, carried out eleven operational sorties in the Rajasthan­Sind sector, out of which six were low-level tactical missions over enemy concentrations. During these missions, he operated at the extreme limits of the aircraft's radius of action, very often under enemy anti-aircraft and light machine gun fire. On one occasion, though his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, he completed his mission successfully. He also few combat patrol sorties at night operating under difficult conditions Squadron Leader Satyendra Pal Tyagi displayed commendable flying skill and devotion to duty.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Kizhanatham Ramabadran Rajagopalan 4875 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Kizhanatham Ramabadran Rajagopalan has been serving with a Transport Squadron operating in Jammu and Kashmir since 1961. He had earlier been on operational tour of the Naga Hills and NEFA area. During his short service career, Flight Lieutenant Rajagopalan has completed a total of about 4000 hours of flying including 1300 hours in operational areas. His operational experience has been a great asset to the Squadron and on many occasions, when weather conditions were most unfavourable, he voluntarily undertook hazardous supply dropping missions to the most isolated and remote forward posts in Ladakh. In his flights in operational areas he has shown commendable professional skill and his performance has been a source of inspiration to other members of the Squadron in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Shrikrishna Vishnu Pathak 6358 GD(P)Unit : No.220 Squadron  Award Date 01 Sep 65 Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :

On 1st September 1965, Flight Lieutenant Shrikrishna Vishnu Phatak was a Wingman in a four aircraft formation. As the formation was entering the enemy area in the Chhamb sector, he saw several enemy aircraft. He reported their position and stuck to his own formation to guard his leader's rear. The formation was ordered to take evasive action and to turn hard starboard. In the process, his aircraft was fired upon by the enemy and was partially out of control; yet he stayed in his aircraft and continued to try to control it till he saw that it was in flames and the fire was spreading fast. Even then he did not lose his nerve, and tried to gain height from a very low altitude. Having failed to do so, he was forced to abandon the burning aircraft. Soon after landing he saw some troops around him and since he was not sure of his location he evaded them till he was overpowered by a posse of armed personnel and bayonetted. The bayonet narrowly missed going through his lungs.

Throughout this encounter, Flight Lieutenant Shrikrishna Vishnu Phatak displayed presence of mind, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal
Fg Offr Narinder Singh Sawhney 6492 GD(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :

Flying Officer Narinder Singh Sawhney has been operating as a Navigator with a Transport Squadron in Jammu and Kashmir since October 1962. At such an early stage of his career, through sheer zeal and enthusiasm, this officer has done 1100 hours operational flying in carrying out vital missions over some of the most isolated posts in forward areas in Ladakh. He always rose to the occasion and cheerfully volunteered to participate in difficult missions, the success of which was largely due to his intimate knowledge of the area. Despite unpredictable weather and difficult flying conditions, he regularly undertook operational sorties in utter disregard of his personal safety, which has been a source of inspiration to his colleagues.

Flying Officer Narinder Singh Sawhney has displayed professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Vinod Kumar Verma 6528 GD(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date 10 Sep 65 Announced 26 Jan 66
Details :

On 10th September, 1965, a formation of Mystere aircraft took off for an operational mission on the western border. When the formation reached the target area, a larger number of enemy tanks were spotted and intensive anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Despite a concentrated barrage and against heavy odds, attacks were carried out. No. 1's aircraft was severely hit during an attack and Nos. 1 and 2 returned to base. Nos. 3 and 4 went in for a second attack.

Although his aircraft was hit, Flight Lieutenant Verma continued the attack, along with No.3. The emergency and auxillary Servo system of Flight Lieutenant Verma's aircraft were damaged and both system pressure dropped to zero. He brought the damaged aircraft back to base with the main system pressure dropping even this went to zero just before touch down. Flight Lieutenant Vinod Kumar Verma showed courage, determination and professional skill of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966 

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