The Bangladesh War 1971

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How I Crossed Swords With Chuck Yeager

This piece is a "first person" account of an episode of the 1971 Indo-Pak war written a lighter vein by Adm Arun Prakash for Vayu magazine. He was on deputation to No. 20 Squadron, commanded by (then) Wing Commander CV Parker, MVC, VM. This IAF unit is credited with having won the highest number of gallantry awards in the conflict.

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Flying the Sukhoi-7 in Operation Cactus-Lily

26-SquadronAir Marshal Narayanan Menon was a Flight Lieutenant with No.26 Squadron at Adampur flying the massive Sukhoi-7 Ground attack aircraft during the 71 war. The Squadron was involved in a sector with the most enemy opposition on the western front. He recollects details of unit's contributions and his own personal experiences of the war.

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Sirsa's War

Mystere IVa at Sirsa during the Defence Minister's visitDuring the 1971 War, Sirsa acted as  forward air base in Haryana for Squadrons normally operating out of Hindan. It was home to Mystere IVa fighter bombers of Nos 3 and 31 Squadron, as well as a dettachment of MiG-21s of No.29 Squadron. Wg Cdr Divakar Choudhri writes about his days at Sirsa during the war, acting as the Fighter Controller for the aircraft there. 

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We joined hands with the Navy

This is an untold story of an exemplary and unique mission flown during the 1971 Indo-Pak War by then Flt Lt Arunesh "Bachu" Prasad, probably the only real navy air co-op operation during 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan. 

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Wish I had a gun!

Air Commodore Manbir Singh VrC flew with No.28 Squadron during the 1971 War as a Flt Lt. During the course of the Bangladesh Operations, he flew 27 sorties in Air Defence, Counter Air and Close Support roles including night time bombing missions. In this article he recollects his very first combat sortie involving combat with a Pakistani F-86 Sabre Jet.

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Mission to Chamb

Gp Capt Apram Jeet Singh was a Flight Lieutenant flying with a detachment of MiG-21s of No.45 Squadron at Pathankot. He narrates the tale of a fateful mission to Chamb in which his aircraft was nearly shot down.

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