FLT LT RAIZADA HARBANS CHAWDHRY
KIRTI CHAKRA
Award
KIRTI CHAKRA
Year of Award
1953 (Republic Day)
Service Particulars of Awardee
WG CDR RH CHAWDHRY, KC (2952) AE(M) (Retd)
Rank at time of Award
FLT LT
Father's Name
Shri RB Chawdhry
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Jalandhar (Punjab)

Citation

 

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT (NOW WING COMMANDER) RAIZADA HARBANS CHAWDHRY (2952) AE(M)

At about 1430 hours on the 6th October, 1951, an Indian Air Force Dakota crashed in Turkey, and resulted in the death of five aircrew, including Air Commodore Narendra.Flt. Lt. R.H. Chawdhry was one of the two survivors of that accident.

When the aircraft crashed, Flt. Lt. Chawdhry was thrown clear of the wreckage, and sustained serious injuries on his arm and knee.  In spite of this, he showed extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice.  His action after the crash was a noble example of conspicuous bravery and calmness in the most trying circumstances.  He dragged the other survivor, Pilot Officer M. M. Dutt, who was unconscious and whose thigh-bone was fractured, from the burning aircraft and thus saved the life of a comrade from certain death by fire.  He then rushed to aid the other victims and succeeded in smothering the flames with his rain-coat and in spite of the heat and smoke attempted to put out the entrapped persons from the wreckage.  He did not stop his efforts against overwhelming odds until the main tank of the aircraft exploded and thus made further effort on his part impossible.

He improvised arrangements for the safety of his other survivor, Pilot Officer M. M. Dutt and walked 6 to 7 miles with utmost difficulty, through the greater part of the night, through unknown mountainous territory to help.

FLT LT RAIZADA HARBANS CHAWDHRY