FLT LT SUHAS BISWAS
ASHOKA CHAKRA
Award
ASHOKA CHAKRA
Year of Award
1952
Service No.
2883
Service Particulars of Awardee
FLT LT SUHAS BISWAS AC (2883) GD(P) (Deceased)
Rank at time of Award
FLT LT
Unit
GD(P)
Father's Name
Shri Samual Biswas
Mother's Name
Mrs Diana Biswas
Domicile
Kolkata (West Bengal)

Citation

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT SUHAS BISWAS (2883) GD(P)
(Effective date of award – 3rd February 1952)

On Sunday, the 3rd February 1952, a Devon Aircraft carrying six passengers, which included the Army Commander, Western Command, the Chief of the General Staff, the Quarter-Master General, one Divisional Commander, the Military Secretary and the Deputy Director of Supplies and Transport, Army Headquarters, was piloted by Flt Lt Suhas Biswas on a flight from Lucknow to Delhi. Soon after the aircraft left Lucknow at about 1800 hours, the port engine developed serious trouble and caught fire.  Flt Lt Biswas tried hard to extinguish the fire but without success, so he immediately decided to force land. It was then getting dark but there was just sufficient light to choose a flat piece of ground. During the decent from 6,000 ft, the burning port engine fell out and the aircraft got out of control but Flt Lt Biswas soon succeeded in bringing the aircraft under control.  He then switched off the only engine functioning, and made a successful belly landing under the worst conditions, thus averting a major disaster.

Fully realising the gravity of the situation and in the face of certain disaster, Flt Lt Biswas’s demeanor and behaviour in the plane was inspiring. At no time did he show that he was not in complete control of the situation. His presence of mind when the plane caught fire, skillful navigation of the plane when the engine had fallen out and his courage in landing the plane on 
unreconnoitred ground in twilight showed leadership of the highest order and set a magnificent example of extreme devotion to duty.

FLT LT SUHAS BISWAS